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Wednesday 17th September 2014.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Novus International

MSD Animal Health

Bluetongue Update: New Outbreaks, New Science

Scientists better understand how the Bluetongue virus survives winters, as farmers across southern Europe try to cope with this summer’s rapidly spreading outbreak.

A demonstration of the virus surviving winter by reproducing in the culicoides insect – the vector – appeared in PLOS ONE pathogens last week, accompanying confirmation of Bluetongue in Albania.

The eighth country to send notification, Albania reported infections in cattle and goat populations.

Cattle, sheep, goats, deer and other wild ruminants could all be set to benefit as part of ‘important ramifications’ which could come from this improved understanding.

This is veterinary professor James MacLachan’s message, co-author of the University of California, Davis study, who added that the breakthrough could mean solutions in predicting and controlling outbreaks.

Summarising the study findings, lead author Christie Mayo said: “We were able to demonstrate that the virus overwinters in female midges that had fed on an infected animal during the previous season."

The study team stressed that the virus could be getting through colder months in other unknown ways.

Within Europe, Bluetongue has hit Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Albania this summer.

After surfacing in Italy last September, reports have flooded in from across the Balkans over the recent weeks after widespread cases in Greece.

However, prospects of more control methods would add to the current vaccination option, employed on a large scale in western Turkey, where authorities appear to have controlled the virus.

Vets responded with over 330,000 livestock vaccinations in the Kirklareli region last month.

Estimates on Bluetongue’s cost on the US cattle and sheep sector each year stand at $125 million.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Study Solves Bluetongue Overwintering Mystery
The bluetongue virus, which causes a serious disease that costs the cattle and sheep industries in the United States an estimated $125 million annually, manages to survive the winter by reproducing in the insect that transmits it, report veterinary scientists at the University of California, Davis.

Taking Beef Forward: More Specialised Feeding
Cost of production should be covered ground for the beef industry, now producers need to look at securing value.

How to Approach Dehorning and Castration on Beef and Dairy Farms
No matter what the system, dehorning and castration options should be made in the best interest of animal health and well-being.

Move into Charolais Pays Off For Most 'Improved Herd'
Two north of England stockmen are quickly becoming established in the pedigree Charolais scene, winning a 'most improved herd' award for the breed for 2014.

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   United States

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Cattle Futures: Prices Peak Before Backing Off, Wednesday

   United Kingdom

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Irish Study Centre Reports Booming Grass Sales
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Freedom Food to Rebrand as RSPCA Assured
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   New Zealand

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FAO to Help India Develop Agriculture, Food Security
India to Set Up Two Cattle Breeding Centers
India's Agriculture Developments Praised by FAO


Greater Supplies of Beef, Pork for Exports Forecast
Improving Export Relations Lifts Brazil's Exports 10 Per Cent
Brazilian Beef Getting Safer


Albanian Bluetongue Outbreak Impacts Cattle, Goats


EuroTier Offers Solutions for the Future


Australian Weekly Cattle Summary

   European Union

New Agriculture Commissioner Told to Simplify Greening and Direct Payments
Bluetongue Outbreak Spreads Rapidly Through Romania
New EU Laws on Veterinary Medicines Planned


Economical Importance of Agriculture to Irish Counties


Maltese Meat Production Increases in Second Quater


FAO Food Price Index Drops to Four-year Low


Ukrainian Bovine Headcount Expected to Decrease


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