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International disease monitoring, January to March 2008
  1. M. Sabirovic1,
  2. L. Raw1,
  3. S. Hall1,
  4. H. Elliott1 and
  5. N. Coulson1
  1. 1 Food and Farming Group, International Animal Health, DEFRA, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR


  • Situation in the Caucasus region remains uncertain with regard to African swine fever

  • Bluetongue virus serotype 8 spreads further into new regions in Europe; bluetongue virus serotype 1 spreads northwards in Europe

  • Classical swine fever reported in wild boar in Hungary and Croatia and domestic pigs in Russia and El Salvador

  • Various foot-and-mouth disease serotypes continue to circulate in Africa, the Middle East and Asia

  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza: sporadic reports in both wild birds and domestic poultry over wider geographic areas in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe

  • Low pathogenic avian influenza: sporadic outbreaks reported in some countries in southern Europe and in the Caribbean

  • Sporadic outbreaks of Newcastle disease reported in eastern Europe

  • Sporadic cases of Rift Valley fever continue to be reported from endemic regions

— These are among matters discussed in the international disease monitoring report for January to March 2008, prepared by defra's Food and Farming Group, International Animal Health

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