Latest Bluetongue disease Stories

2008-08-22 18:00:26

THE COUNTRY Land and Business Association (CLA) has welcomed the news that the bluetongue protection zone will be expanded next month. Following this week's announcement by Defra, Angus Collingwood- Cameron, CLA North East director, said: "We welcome the fact that Defra has provided a minimum of 11 days' notice before extending the PZ into Northumberland. While BTV has the potential to cause economic devastation to the UK livestock industry, so Northumberland livestock producers could also...

2008-08-05 18:00:00

By Sally Williams SUFFICIENT amounts of bluetongue vaccine need to be made available across Wales in time for the September sales, a farmers' union warned last night. President of NFU Cymru, Dai Davies said livestock traditionally moved from west to east during the peak time for pedigree cattle and lamb trading and he hoped that the September sales would be "viable". He pointed out that the problems posed by bluetongue, a disease spread by midges, cut livestock entries by up to 40% at...

2008-07-16 00:00:19

Vaccinations against a virus that attacks cattle will be available for Derbyshire farmers from tomorrow. The bluetongue protection zone, which covers more than 50 per cent of England, has been extended to include the county from midnight as a precautionary measure, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced. Animals will only be able to be moved out of the protection zone if they are vaccinated, naturally immune or going for slaughter. Helen Woolley, East...

2008-06-17 06:00:27

By Dan Buglass TIME flies and another Royal Highland Show is almost upon us. Having missed only one show since the event was first staged at Ingliston in 1960, and that was because of the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001, I have witnessed many changes and all of them have been for the better. The fact is that Ingliston can fairly lay claim to being just about the best show venue in the UK and trade stand holders repeatedly state that they do more real business than at any other show....

2006-08-18 02:55:00

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Bluetongue, a viral infection, has been found in sheep in the southern Netherlands, and the Dutch agriculture ministry banned exports of live cows, goats and sheep. The ministry said late on Thursday it would set up a zone of 150 km surrounding the affected farm in Kerkrade in the province of Limburg, banning transport of live animals from the zone. A ministry spokeswoman told Dutch news agency ANP that it was surprising that the disease, which is transmitted by insects,...

Latest Bluetongue disease Reference Libraries

2011-01-12 16:45:59

Orf, an exanthemous disease, is caused by a parapox virus primarily occurring in sheep and goats. It has many other names including thistle disease, scabby mouth, and sheep pox. It can infect humans as well. It is a zoonotic disease meaning that humans contract the disease through direct contact with infected animals. Generally there are no systemic symptoms. The finger, hand, arm, face, and genitals can be infected locations. Due to this it is important to practice proper hygiene and...

2011-01-05 13:39:49

Bluetongue disease is a viral disease that is non-contagious, non-zoonotic, and insect-borne. It is mainly found in sheep and less commonly in cattle, goats, buffalo, deer, dromedaries, and antelope. It is not transmissible to humans. The virus is pathogenic, part of the genus Orbivirus, and is a member of the Reoviridae family. With 24 serotypes the virus can cause serious disease in livestock. Due to its seriousness BTV has received extensive research for the last three decades and is...

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