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EU Approves Rules to Control Bluetongue

23 April 2008

EU - In an effort to control Bluetongue, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has approved a draft European Commission regulation modifying rules for the movement of animals.

Under the new rules that will apply for a transitional period until 31 December 2008, Member States may require, following Commission authorisation, that animals to be moved from restricted zones into bluetongue-free areas are either vaccinated or shown to be naturally immunised.

However, for calves under 90 days old that are too young to be vaccinated, movements from restricted zones can take place without vaccination, on the condition that the animals are kept confined to be better protected from vectors. The new Regulation reviews the conditions under which naturally immunised animals may be moved out of restricted zones.

Confirmation of the existence of antibodies through a second serological test seven days before movement provides further reassurance that such animals are immune and thus can be safely moved.

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Source: AgricultureNews


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