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New regions of France affected by bluetongue

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THE continual, slow spread of serotype 8 of the bluetongue virus (BTV-8) in France and the spread of BTV serotype 4 (BTV-4) in Austria and possibly Slovenia ‘are no particular surprise, given the mild autumn’, according to the International Disease Monitoring (IDM) team at Defra.

In an update report on the situation in France, the IDM team noted on November 25 that a number of new regions of France had reported cases of BTV-8 and that some ‘jumps’ in the disease spread were being seen. These, it said, ‘could be …

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