Bluetongue spreads, quarantine zone extended

25th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 August 2006, BRUSSELS — A further 11 cases of the bluetongue disease were recorded on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 28, the Federal Food Agency said.

25 August 2006

BRUSSELS — A further 11 cases of the bluetongue disease were recorded on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 28, the Federal Food Agency said. 

Ten of the new cases were reported at cattle farms and one at a sheep farm. They were all located in the 20km zone around the original outbreak of the disease in Limburg.

The food agency had earlier decided to extend the quarantine zone to cover the entire country. That means the west of the country is now included in the quarantine area.

The decision was taken because the bluetongue disease was becoming increasingly damaging for the livestock industry, both economically and epidemiologically.

It means the "guard zone" of 150km around along the edge of the quarantine zone is no longer relevant and has been scrapped.

The new measure is designed to prevent the further spread of the disease and gives practical advantages, such as allowing the transport of live livestock throughout the country.

But the EU-imposed ban on the export of livestock remains in force. The new quarantine zone and accompanying measures come into force on Friday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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