The most likely time and place of introduction of BTV8 into Belgian ruminants.

Last updated on 2-10-2019 by Anonymous (not verified)

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Abstract:

BACKGROUND: In northern Europe, bluetongue (BT) caused by the BT virus (BTV), serotype 8, was first notified in August 2006 and numerous ruminant herds were affected in 2007 and 2008. However, the origin and the time and place of the original introduction have not yet been determined.METHODS AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Four retrospective epidemiological surveys have been performed to enable determination of the initial spatiotemporal occurrence of this emerging disease in southern Belgium: investigations of the first recorded outbreaks near to the disease epicenter; a large anonymous, random po…

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