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Epizootic Haemorrhagic Disease - European infection started in North Africa


Cattle in both Italy and Spain have been shown to have the EHDV-8 serotype. An investigation by the Italian authorities shows the virus, found in the outbreaks on Sardinia and Sicily in October and November 2022, to have come from North Africa. The genome is identical (> 99.9 percent nucleotide sequence identity) to EHDV-8 strains detected in Tunisia in 2021. This confirms the suspicion that EHD has been transmitted by vectors via the air, from northern Africa to the southern European regions. No new infections have been reported in Spain in the first quarter of 2023. In Italy, ten new outbreaks were detected among cattle.

You can also read this article in the highlights report ruminants of June 2023

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Highlights report ruminants June 2023

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