Bluetongue from South African lab Thursday, February 19, 2009


Bluetongue from South African lab
Thursday, February 19, 2009

The bluetongue disease that farmers in the Netherlands and surrounding countries for over two years of teasing, may come from a laboratory that produces vaccines. According to agriculture and horticulture organization LTO-Nederland. The organization bases its opinion on the U.S. bluetongue expert James Maclachlan (University of California), on the topic last weekend was an opening in Vienna.

Foreign features
Maclachlan points to some strange features in the three types of bluetongue since August 2006 in the Netherlands and Belgium have been found, and so far in Europe had not yet been identified. The first type (serotype 8), in 2007 about 30,000 sheep, cattle and goat farms in the Netherlands found, for example, is transferred from dam to calf and lamb. This is a property which James Maclachlan only occur in viruses that have been adapted for production of so-called live vaccines.

Strange is also that the type 6, which appeared last autumn in Overijssel and Gelderland, very weak showing. This also applies to the Type 11 was discovered last week in northern Belgium and which cattle from one part of Belgium since Monday not to the Netherlands may be reproduced without prior blood test.

South Africa
The viruses were derived from the Onderstepoort laboratory in South Africa, which produces live bluetongue vaccines. "The EU laboratory in England has suggested that in Belgium and the Netherlands found viruses very similar to the South African vaccine virus," says Klaas Johan Osinga, LTO-disease expert from the Netherlands. "But in South Africa they will never admit, because their vaccines in the EU are not allowed. Supply and use would therefore illegal."

Bluetongue by Knut (small insects) in the autumn spread. Its farmers and exporters tens of millions of euros cost and much animal suffering caused. Problem now is that the EU livestock exports from the Netherlands has shut down to prevent the spread of the virus type 6 in question. LTO asks the EU to export again to leave because the virus is weak and does not really spread. "The EU is still awaiting information from South Africa in order to determine the virus type. It takes us too long," says Osinga.

Source: world secrets


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