Netherlands orders 1 million bluetongue vaccine

10th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

The extra one million units of bluetongue vaccine have been ordered by the agriculture ministry to meet overwhelming demands of farmers.

10 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch agriculture ministry has ordered one million extra units of bluetongue vaccine to meet the overwhelming demand.

More and more farmers are ordering the vaccine to protect their livestock.

The ministry hopes that as many farmers as possible will have vaccinated their animals before mid-July, when the virus is most likely to break out.

Sheep are especially susceptible to the disease, which can be fatal.

Bluetongue was first diagnosed in the Netherlands in 2006, and affected more than 6000 farms in 2007.  

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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