Bluetongue disease confirmed in Belgium

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21 August 2006, BRUSSELS — An outbreak of Bluetongue disease was confirmed in Belgium in the provinces of Limburg and Liège over the weekend.

21 August 2006

BRUSSELS — An outbreak of Bluetongue disease was confirmed in Belgium in the provinces of Limburg and Liège over the weekend.

It comes after the disease was found for the first time in the Netherlands last week at farms located around the Dutch city of Kerkrade.

And the German agriculture ministry also revealed on Monday the disease has been found on several farms near Aken.

The Dutch government has imposed a ban on the export of live cattle, sheep and goats.

The ban also includes all live products from ruminants, such as sperm, egg cells and embryos.

But neither Belgium nor Germany has moved to follow the Dutch lead.

The European Commission is debating, however, what measures EU member states should take.

These measures include the possible creation of a blockade zone covering most of the Netherlands, most of Belgium, all of Luxembourg and parts of western Germany and northern France.

All transport of cows, sheep and goats within and export from the zone would be suspended.

Bluetongue is an insect-borne viral disease affecting all species of ruminant, although sheep are most severely affected. Stock loss of 30 to 40 percent among sheep can be recorded.

The disease does not pose a risk to human health.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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