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LUMPY skin disease has been reported in the European Union for the first time, affecting two holdings of beef cattle in Greece. The cases, which were reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on August 21, occurred in the Evros region of Greece on the European border with Turkey. All cattle on the affected farms were destroyed. In response to the cases, Greece introduced disease control measures, including movement controls, and put in place a 20 km surveillance zone.
In a preliminary outbreak assessment issued on August 21, Defra's International Disease …