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CASES of bluetongue continue to be reported in central France, with a further 12 outbreaks reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) between September 28 and October 2. By October 2, a total of 45 outbreaks had been reported since initial confirmation of the disease on September 11. The causative agent has been identified as serotype 8 of the bluetongue virus.
In an assessment of the situation on September 22, Defra's International Disease Monitoring …