Bluetongue has been detected in a cattle in Great Britain for the first time in 16 years, prompting the establishment of a safety zone and strict movement conditions for cattle and sheep in the surrounding area. The outbreak of bluetongue has also been reported in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Multiple organizations in the Netherlands have called for the development of a vaccine to stop the spread of the virus, and the Agriculture Minister is set to visit an affected sheep farmer with King Willem-Alexander.
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For the first time in 16 years, bluetongue has been diagnosed in a cattle in Great Britain. This was reported by the British animal and plant health agency APHA. It is not reported which bluetongue variant it concerns. It concerns an animal on a farm in the county of Kent, a coastal region in the south-east of Great Britain. As a precaution, the cattle were removed and the British Agriculture Ministry has established a ten-kilometre safety zone around the company, where strict conditions apply to the movement of cattle and sheep. 5300 companies in the Netherlands After the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, Great Britain is the fourth country where bluetongue has been diagnosed. In Belgium it remains at 1 company for the time being, in Germany there are nine official confirmations of bluetongue. In the Netherlands, the outbreak has now spread throughout the country and affects more than 5,300 companies. Royal visit this week Various organizations have asked outgoing Agriculture ...