Hungary clears bluetongue vaccinations for possible outbreak areas

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Hungary’s food safety authority Nébih announced yesterday that it would permit vaccinations for bluetongure, a viral disease of ruminants, in areas around the possible outbreaks as well as defense zones, Hungarian news agency MTI said today.

Nébih cleared the way for the vaccinations just as the midges that spread the disease started becoming active, and it is making the vaccinations mandatory for animals within a 20 kilometer radius of possible outbreaks of the disease, while vaccinations in the defense zones delineated last autumn will be voluntary. The vaccinations are prohibited in all other areas.

Restrictions related to an outbreak of bluetongue were introduced in roughly two-thirds of Hungary last year.

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