EUROPE - Further outbreaks of Bluetongue Virus (BTV) have been reported in France, Hungary and Romania in the past week.
Ten outbreaks were reported this week to the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) from France.
The outbreaks in France appear to be spreading further south and west, with outbreaks now detected in the regions of Indre and Cantal. The outbreak was initially identified in Allier, which this week reported two outbreaks.
13 cattle and one sheep or goat were the latest cases, with over 1300 cattle now declared as susceptible in France.
Some of the cases were identified as part of a national surveillance programme, whilst others were identified after clinical suspicion.
BTV appeared on two more farms in southern Hungary, in Somogy and Baranya provinces near the border with Croatia.
Although there were only four cases, 1634 cattle were put at risk, with most of these cattle situated on the larger Baranya farm.
Two backyard holdings were affected by the disease in the Botosani region of Romania, on the border with Ukraine. There were two cases, with nine susceptible cattle.
The outbreaks in Romania and Hungary were of serotype four, whilst in France the virus was of serotype eight.
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