The Dutch ministry of agriculture has imposed an export and breeding ban on animals susceptible to bluetongue after three animals tested positive for a strain not usually found in the country.
Dutch scientists have begun investigations into whether the strain is a variant of BTV8, the strain being vaccinated against in the UK, or new type of the virus.
As a precautionary measure, the Dutch farming minister imposed an export ban on bluetongue-susceptible animals from Monday (October 22, 2008).
Under the move, which is initially in place for two weeks, producers were also banned from breeding sheep, cattle and goats.
The ministry said it would make a further decision over the ban once more was found out about the strain.