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Over 1600 Sheep and a Cow Lost to Bluetongue, Says Latest Update

08 October 2014

EUROPE – Two separate serotypes of Bluetongue virus have caused hundreds of deaths on sheep farms in Italy and Greece, according to the latest disease update from the region.

A total of 379 Italian sheep and 1335 Greek sheep have been recorded dead after falling from serotypes one and four of Bluetongue disease respectively.

Italian farms in central and southern regions have seen widespread outbreaks with the north spared. Greek has reported the disease across all areas.

This is according to World Organisation for Animal Health data going back to early July.

Romania, also devastated by the serotype four of the virus, has lost one cow to the disease with a spate of outbreaks in the south central region of Gorj, although no sheep have been killed recently.

TheCattleSite News Desk

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