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Exotic diseases
Outbreaks of West Nile fever in France

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RECENT cases of West Nile fever in horses in France, and in the Mediterranean basin, do not increase the risk of an incursion of West Nile virus (WNV) into the UK, but horse owners should be aware of the risk posed to horses travelling in these areas, the options for preventive vaccination and the clinical signs of neurological disease in horses.

So says the International Disease Monitoring (IDM) team at Defra in a preliminary outbreak assessment of two outbreaks of WNV reported in France in August. The outbreaks, in the Bouches du Rhone region, are the first to be …

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