Three outbreaks of bluetongue disease in Bulgaria, said to come from Greece and Turkey

Three outbreaks of Bluetongue disease have found in the district of Blagoevgrad, in the areas of Simitli, Satovcha and Katuntsi, public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT) said on August 20.

The disease is said to have entered Bulgaria from its neighbours Greece and Turkey.

More than 80 animals are reported to have died from Bluetongue disease, BNT said.

The regional veterinary committee in Blagoevgrad was scheduled to meet to decide on emergency measures to curb the disease.

Bluetongue disease or catarrhal fever is a non-contagious, insect-borne, viral disease of ruminants, mainly sheep and less frequently cattle, goats, buffalo, deer, dromedaries and antelope.

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