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Moves on Cattle and Sheep Disease

  • October 18th, 2006
  • Posted by 7thmin

Animal health authorities have extended the Bluetongue restriction zone in parts of Germany and North-west France, announced 13.10.06, following more reported cases of the disease.

Controls on stock movements have been extended to additional areas in Lower Saxony and the Rheinland Palatinate, and also parts of North-west France near the Belgian border, due to cases of the disease being found in Belgium.

Bluetongue is a non-contagious viral disease spread by biting midges, affecting all ruminants. It can cause large stock losses, together with losses from stillbirth and abortion, and high costs associated with regulation of the movement of animals.

For reference:

http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/index_en.htm (17.10.06)

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