April 10, 2008

 

EU vets tighten bluetongue controls
 

 

Veterinarians in the EU have established more rigorous rules that will restrict the movement of live cattle and sheep out of bluetongue zones.

 

At the meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health in Brussels, EU members approved the rule change, which will limit the movement of bluetongue susceptible animals more than 90 days old, unless they have been vaccinated or have natural immunity.

 

If animals have been vaccinated, at least 50 days must have passed before they can move out of a zone, to ensure that they are not infective.

 

The rule applies to both breeding and slaughter animals, and covers both the protection and surveillance zones.

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