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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Northern Ireland Warning Over BTV6
NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union has thrown its weight behind fresh calls for a voluntary ban on livestock imports into Northern Ireland, following the emergence of a new Bluetongue virus, BTv6, in the Netherlands. ...
First Virus Case Detected in Austria
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - Austria's Health Ministry says a cow has tested positive for the bluetongue virus in the country's first ever case....
Monday, November 03, 2008
Bluetongue Vaccine Cost Concerns
SCOTLAND, UK - Scottish farmers have raised concerns over a compulsory vaccination programme for bluetongue disease. ...
Thursday, October 30, 2008
EC Proposes Extra 100 Million Euro Funds
EU - The European Commission today announced its intention to propose in early 2009 additional funding of approximately €100 million in order to co-finance the administration of vaccines to control Bluetongue disease in 2009. ...
Advice Against Imports After BTV6
IRELAND - The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, today referred to the confirmation of bluetongue (BTV6) in cattle on farms in the Netherlands. ...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
New Strain Prompts Calls For Vigilance
UK - NFU Scotland is calling on Government and industry to bolster its defences following the discovery of a new strain of bluetongue disease in Europe. Bluetongue is a devastating viral infection of cattle and sheep, with the virus transmitted between...
Monday, October 27, 2008
New Bluetongue Strain Confirmed
NETHERLANDS - Authorities have confirmed a new strain of bluetongue has been discovered on three farms in the south of the country....
Friday, October 17, 2008
Bluetongue Outbreak in Malaga
MALAGA, SPAIN - The Agriculture and Fisheries Department’s veterinary services have detected an outbreak of bluetongue in Alhaurin el Grande....
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Bluetongue Vaccine: Take-up Worries Flare
UK - A dramatic fall in the take-up of bluetongue vaccine could have serious ramifications on the vaccination strategy next year, the industry has warned....
Friday, October 10, 2008
Window Opening for Scottish Vaccination
SCOTLAND, UK - The window for compulsory bluetongue vaccination in Scotland will open on Monday November 3, 2008, the Scottish Government confirmed today. ...
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Urgent Call to Farmers on Cattle Vaccination
UK - An animal health expert in Northumberland has warned that the poor take-up of bluetongue vaccine in the county is potentially devastating for the region....
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
JAB Renews Warning
UK - With eight reported cases of infectious imported animals in the UK and over 15,000 cases of BTV8 having been reported in France so far this year, the potentially devastating threat to UK livestock and farmers livelihoods is as real as ever. ...
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Vaccination is the Only Answer to Cattle Virus Problem, Says Lib-Dem
UK - The Liberal Democrats have urged farmers not to import livestock into Wales from areas where bluetongue is circulating. ...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Outbreak Spreads South in Sweden
SWEDEN - Sweden’s outbreak of blue tongue disease continues to spread as animals in the Småland region of south central Sweden and neighbouring Skåne county to the south have now been diagnosed with the condition. ...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Welsh Uptake of Bluetongue Vaccine 'Disappointing'
UK - Farmers across Wales came under fire this week from Welsh Assembly Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones, for failing to treat the threats from bluetongue seriously....
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Cymru's Strong Message to Importers
WALES, UK - Strong opposition was voiced today by members of NFU Cymru’s Welsh Council to the practice of importing Bluetongue susceptible animals from areas where the virus is currently circulating and has proposed an immediate voluntary ban on all...
Bluetongue Vaccines Delivered into the Open Market
UK - More batches of bluetongue vaccine will come on the market this morning (Monday, September 22) after Fort Dodge became the first firm to release product into the open market....
Bluetongue Virus Uses Unique Viral Enzymes to Replicate
UK - Scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have revealed that bluetongue virus (BTV) uses unique viral enzymes to replicate, which is key to the establishment of infection....
Monday, September 22, 2008
OIE Conference: New Network to Contain Bluetongue
LITHUANIA - The 23rd Conference of the Regional Commission for Europe of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), held in Vilnius, Lithuania, from 15 to 19 September 2008 , concluded with a strong commitment to move forward with the implementation...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
French Cattle Brought to Wales Have Bluetongue
UK - Two imported cattle have tested positive for the deadly animal disease bluetongue, the Assembly Government revealed last night. ...
Compulsory Bluetongue Vaccine Programme
SCOTLAND, UK - A compulsory vaccination programme will be launched this winter to protect Scotland's livestock industry against the spread of bluetongue virus. ...
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Third Cow Tested for Bluetongue
UK - A third cow is being tested for bluetongue after two imported animals tested positive for the virus on a farm in north Wales. ...
Scotland's Bluetongue Vaccination Plan Mapped Out
UK - NFU Scotland has welcomed the announcement that a compulsory vaccination programme will be launched this winter to protect Scotland’s livestock industry against the spread of bluetongue virus. ...
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Risk of Cattle Disease Now ‘Highest Ever’
UK - The threat of bluetongue breaking out in Wales is higher than ever before, a farming chief from Powys has claimed, following confirmation that six cattle near the Welsh border had tested positive for the disease. ...
Bluetongue Disease Continues Spread in Sweden
SWEDEN - Authorities in western Sweden on Monday morning discovered the latest in a series of cases of animals infected with blue tongue disease at a farm in Halland....
Battle Plan to Beat Bluetongue
UK - The Scottish Government's strategy to stop bluetongue disease spreading north of the Border will become clear later today, after a meeting in Edinburgh of industry stakeholders. ...
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sweden Keeps Restrictions Unchanged After Second Bluetongue Case
STOCKHOLM - New finds of a livestock disease known as bluetongue do not give reason to extend current restrictions in south- western Sweden, Swedish authorities said Thursday. ...
Further Cattle Test Positive For Bluetongue
UK - Cattle in Somerset have tested positive for the bluetongue virus, Farmers Weekly interactive has learned. As with the recent four cases of bluetongue in the UK the virus has been found in animals imported from continental Europe. ...
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