Updated – Bluetongue Virus Europe from APHA’s International Disease Monitoring Team
APHA’s International Disease Monitoring Team as on 3 October 2023:
Updated outbreak assessment #6 – Bluetongue Virus (BTV) Europe
- On 5 September 2023, an immediate notification was made to WOAH of BTV infections on 4 sheep farms in the Netherlands for the first time since 2009.
- The serotype responsible for these outbreaks has been confirmed as BTV-3 but the route of incursion is currently unknown.
- By 29 September, a total of 416 outbreaks of BTV-3 have been reported by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (NVWA).
- The reports of BTV-3 in the Netherlands are of greater concern, as there is no approved vaccine for BTV-3 and the trade of live sheep / cattle from the Netherlands is no longer possible.
- Additionally, on 21 September, the National Reference Laboratory for France reported more than 300 outbreaks of BTV-8.
- Considering all disease incursion routes from both France and the Netherlands, the overall risk of BTV entry has been assessed as MEDIUM.
This report will soon be published at: Animal diseases: international and UK monitoring – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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