Bluetongue virus continues to spread

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1 August 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Bluetongue virus, which affects ruminant livestock, continues to spread throughout the southern Netherlands. The virus is transmitted by midges and has now been found at 24 farms, a spokesperson for the agriculture ministry has announced.

1 August 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Bluetongue virus, which affects ruminant livestock, continues to spread throughout the southern Netherlands. The virus is transmitted by midges and has now been found at 24 farms, a spokesperson for the agriculture ministry has announced.

Last week the disease was found for the first time this year at a farm in the town of Bavel in Noord-Brabant. Unlike in the initial cases, the sheep now infected are showing signs of disease.

The virus has now spread to Limburg, Gelderland and Zuid-Holland. Experts expect it will be found throughout the Netherlands by the end of the summer.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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