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New Bluetongue Strain Confirmed

27 October 2008

NETHERLANDS - Authorities have confirmed a new strain of bluetongue has been discovered on three farms in the south of the country.

Tests revealed the new strain is serotype six – a strain never before seen in Europe – and ministers have now imposed a 50km protection zone around the three infected farms.

With farmers in Northern Europe currently vaccinating against serotype 8 there are fears the disease could spread further as no vaccines have been distributed.

Confirming the findings, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture said: “The type of bluetongue detected earlier this week in eastern Netherlands appears to be type six.

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Source: Farmers Guardian


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