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OIE: Brucellosis Outbreak in Belgium

29 January 2013

BELGIUM – Laboratory testing at the Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre in Brussels has confirmed the presence of a the Brucellosis virus strain has been discovered on a farm in Temloux, Namur.

The outbreak is a recurrence of a listed disease and is a similar strain of the outbreak that occurred in 2012. The affected farm holds 97 cattle of which one has been confirmed as having the virus.

The strain, Brucella abortus biovar 3 was confirmed via antibody detection testing and polymerase chain detection.

In order to minimize the risk of the disease spreading to other farms, all animals in this farm, considered as an outbreak, will be slaughtered within the month.

Currently, the epidemiological investigation has showed that 21 farms have bought animals from the outbreak.

The health status of these in-contact farms is pending. The measures will be lifted after two negative tests.

The following measures are being applied; stamping out, quarantine; movement control inside the country, screening and disinfection of infected premises/establishment. Vaccination is prohibited. The affected animal has been slaughtered.

TheCattleSite News Desk

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