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Sweden Keeps Restrictions Unchanged After Second Bluetongue Case

12 September 2008

STOCKHOLM - New finds of a livestock disease known as bluetongue do not give reason to extend current restrictions in south- western Sweden, Swedish authorities said Thursday.

The National Board of Agriculture said eight cases have been detected on two neighbouring farms in Halland.

Two cows tested positive for bluetongue disease over the weekend, sparking a series of measures including a ban of all transport of cattle, goats, sheep, and deer from a 20-kilometre zone around the afflicted farms.

So far some 7,000 head of cattle and other livestock have been vaccinated in the restrictive zone.

Hakan Henrikson who is coordinating the vaccination and testing programme said it was working 'according to plan' and lauded the cooperation with the Swedish Dairy Association and voluntary groups.

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Source: Monstersandcritics


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