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Bluetongue Fears Over New UK, Denmark Cases

29 August 2008

UK - New outbreaks of Bluetongue disease in cattle and sheep in Britain and Denmark in the past two days have led to increased vigilance here.

The disease, which is spread by midges, has been moving into northern Europe over the past five years, probably because of global warming.

Two new British cases of Bluetongue were detected in two rams, which were imported from a premises in the Bluetongue-restricted zone in France.

They were found on premises near Lewes, east Sussex, and Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire.

The Danish cases were found in the southern part of the country at Bredebro, Tønder kommune, in a cattle herd with 104 cattle and 13 sheep.

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Source: Irish Times


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