Sweden to Take Measures to Prevent Disease

SWEDEN - The Swedish National Board of Agriculture decided Monday to inject bacterins for a half million livestock after the first bluetongue case.
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A total of 81 municipalities are to be affected by restrictions. A total of 30 teams of veterinarians and defense force volunteers will test other livestock and inject bacterins for a half million livestock in the restrictive zone for signs of the disease and the areas nearby, the Board said in a statement.

All transport of cattle, goats, sheep, and deer from the restrictive zone has been banned. Some of 20,000 livestock in the protective zone has been discovered bluetongue disease, it added.

The first two cases of blue tongue disease was discovered in a farm in Halland in south-western Sweden on Saturday.

The insect-borne viral fever affects livestock, but does not transmit to humans and cannot be spread through milk or meat.

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