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Spanish Bluetongue Identified as Two Strains

10 November 2014

SPAIN – Spain is battling two strains of Bluetongue, both notified elsewhere in Europe earlier this year.

Bluetongue cases confirmed across southern Spain are principally serotype four but have included serotype one, latest epidemiological research shows.

Spain’s ministry of agriculture has confirmed a total of 231 outbreaks of serotype four and three outbreaks of serotype one.

Previously, movement restrictions were imposed across the south western district, from Cadiz in the south to Caceres in the north.

The news comes as part of a spate of Bluetongue outbreaks throughout the summer of 2014 and into the autumn.

Further east, serotypes four of the virus is advancing across the Balkans, while Italy has been combatting serotype one since last year.

Picture Courtesy of the Ministry of Environment, Marine and Rural Affairs. 

Further Reading

You can visit our Bluetongue information page by clicking here.

Michael Priestley

Michael Priestley
News Team - Editor

Mainly production and market stories on ruminants sector. Works closely with sustainability consultants at FAI Farms

 


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