Saturday, March 2, 2024

First Case of Bluetongue Virus Recognized in Orihuela

The Division of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has confirmed a primary case of serotype 4 of the Bluetongue virus in Orihuela, after receiving notification from the Central Veterinary Laboratory of Algete of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the constructive results of a pattern in a cattle farm within the municipality.

The Division of Agriculture has instantly applied prevention, surveillance and management measures within the space to stop the unfold of the illness, as acknowledged within the Annual Animal Well being Plan for 2024. As well as, it has established obligatory vaccination towards the serotype 4 of the Bluetongue virus for all animals over 3 months of age of the ovine and bovine species all through the province of Alicante. To this finish, an emergency motion might be carried out to buy the primary 120,000 doses of the vaccine.

Official notification has additionally been made to the European Fee, the remainder of the Autonomous Communities and sectors concerned.

The circulation of serotype 4 of the virus has been detected in a sentinel cattle farm, inside the framework of lively surveillance established by way of the nationwide surveillance, management and eradication program of Bluetongue, which incorporates early detection by way of monitoring and management of delicate animals positioned in sentinel farms.

Bluetongue is a viral illness of the Reoviridae household, which is transmitted by mosquitoes of the Culicoides genus and impacts wild and home ruminants, however in no case impacts folks. The severity of the illness in ruminants varies relying on the species and serotype.

The Bajo Segura area is positioned in a zone freed from the illness. The province of Alicante is within the Seasonally Vector Free Interval (PEL), so the actions of animals prone to the illness within the province won’t be affected in the meanwhile.

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