Bluetongue returns in Romania, Hungary

Bluetongue has returned to Romania, hitting several farms in the north east of the country, thecattlesite.com reports.
A total of eighteen cases of serotype four have been confirmed since initial notification was given on September 7 – the same strain that decimated the Balkans region this time last year.
The latest outbreak, dated 18 September, has 28 cattle susceptible and is the fourth farm to become infected.
Movement restrictions have been imposed on the small holder cattle operations involved in the Botosani region, close to the Moldovan border.
Last week, the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) said the Bluetongue was confirmed on September 4 in three farms in Bobulusi, Botosani County and has taken all the necessary measures to limit the spreading, Agerpres informs.
ANSVSA representatives claim they have informed the European Commission and the EU Member States, as well as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) about the virus found on Romanian territory.
Hungary has also been confirmed with Bluetongue on two larger holdings this month. At the time of reporting, the serotype was unknown by the World Organisation for Animal Health, thecattlesite.com also informs.

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