Netherlands: Bluetongue cases are increasing dramatically on European farms

Published Oct 25, 2023

Tridge summary

Bluetongue has infected almost 1,500 farms in the Netherlands, with another 770 at risk. The only provinces that have not reported the infection are Limburg and Zealand. Bluetongue mainly affects sheep but can also affect other animals like cattle, goats, deer, alpacas, and llamas. The disease is not dangerous to humans and pets, and farmers are advised to use insect repellents to prevent its spread. The Netherlands will lose its EU disease-free status, requiring animals to be vaccinated before export, and the country needs to be free of bluetongue for three years to regain disease-free status.
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The infection has been confirmed in almost 1,500 farms, and it is estimated that another 770 may be affected. Only the provinces of Limburg and Zealand have not reported the infection yet. In September this year The first bluetongue epidemic in this country in 14 years was reported. Which species are endangered? Bluetongue mainly affects sheep, but it can also affect cattle, goats, deer, alpacas and llamas. It is not considered dangerous to humans and pets. The Netherlands will now lose its EU disease-free status, meaning animals will have to be vaccinated before they can be exported. The country will need to be rid of bluetongue for three years before it can be considered free of the disease again. Bluetongue is transmitted by flies, not direct contact between animals, so farmers have been advised to use insect repellents to ...
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