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January 15, 2019


Reoccurrences of bluetongue reported near German-Swiss border Global Animal Disease Update (January 11, 2019)

 
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Reoccurrences of bluetongue were reported near the German-Swiss border in the past week. The following report contains an overview of the disease situation.


EUROPE


1.       Reoccurrence of bluetongue virus detected in Switzerland


Reoccurrence of bluetongue virus, serotype 8, was detected in Switzerland, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports.


The information was received by the OIE on January 8 from Hans Wyss, Chief Veterinary Officer, Schwarzenburgstrasse 161, Swiss Federal Veterinary Office, Liebefeld Berne, Switzerland.


The outbreak event was reported to have started on October 23, 2018, with one outbreak reported in Basel-Landschaft. Eight cases were identified in cattle, resulting in 23 cattle becoming susceptible. The source of the outbreaks was vectors.


Control measures included movement control inside the country, surveillance within containment and protection zones, quarantine, zoning, disinfection, and control of vectors. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.


2.       Reoccurrence of bluetongue virus detected in Germany


Reoccurrence of bluetongue virus, serotype 8, was detected in Germany, the OIE reports.


The information was received by the OIE on January 10 from Dr. Dietrich Rassow, Director for Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Chief Veterinary Officer, Directorate of Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Berlin, Germany.


The outbreak event was reported to have started on December 8, 2018, with nine outbreaks reported in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg of southwest Germany. 12 cases were identified in cattle, resulting in 1,286 becoming susceptible. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.


Control measures included movement control inside the country, surveillance within  ad outside containment and protection zones, screening, traceability, zoning, and control of vectors. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.


AMERICAS


3.       Reoccurrence of Newcastle disease virus detected in the US


Reoccurrence of Newcastle disease virus was detected in the United States, the OIE reports.


The information was received by the OIE on January 8 from Dr. Jack Shere, Deputy Administrator Chief Veterinary Officer, USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, United States of America.


The outbreak event was reported to have started on September 25, 2018, with two outbreaks reported in California. The number of cases identified is not calculated because of missing information. 159,039 birds became susceptible, resulting in five dying and 34 being killed and disposed of. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.


Control measures included movement control inside the country, surveillance within and outside containment and protection zones, quarantine, zoning, and disinfection. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.

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