Bluetongue spreads to more farms

8th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 August 2007, THE HAGUE – As farmers follow developments anxiously in connection with the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in England, bluetongue – another disease affecting livestock – continues to spread in the Netherlands. On Tuesday the agriculture ministry announced that the virus has been found at farms in Heeten (Overijssel) and Snelrewaard (Utrecht).

8 August 2007

THE HAGUE – As farmers follow developments anxiously in connection with the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in England, bluetongue – another disease affecting livestock – continues to spread in the Netherlands. On Tuesday the agriculture ministry announced that the virus has been found at farms in Heeten (Overijssel) and Snelrewaard (Utrecht).

A total of 117 Dutch farms have been hit by bluetongue in the past week and a half. The disease is spread by a midge and is not dangerous to humans. The virus originates in southern Europe and Africa and has broken out for the first time on a large scale in the Netherlands this year.

Primarily cattle, sheep and goats are susceptible to the bluetongue virus. An infected animal can run a high fever and display inflamed lips, ears and eyelids. The animal can die within 8 to 10 days of infection. Most animals that contract the virus do not become sick however.

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Subject: Dutch news

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