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Bluetongue Outbreak in Malaga

17 October 2008

MALAGA, SPAIN - The Agriculture and Fisheries Department’s veterinary services have detected an outbreak of bluetongue in Alhaurin el Grande.

An bovine vaccination programme has been launched throughout the province, which will later be extended to the rest of Andalucia.

The infected animals detected were 40 sheep and two goats from the nearly one million animals tested. Those infected have the type-8 strain of the virus, which had previously only been found in one animal in the Cantabria region of Spain.

Judith Anda, General Manager of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, informed the livestock organisations of the outbreak and highlighted how well the Epidemiological Vigilance Plan was working.

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Source: TheEuroWeekly


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