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EU inaction escalates risk of Schmallenberg virus spread to Kazakhstan

28 января 2013, 15:55
©RIA Novosti
©RIA Novosti
RosSelkhozNadzor (Russian agricultural control authority) states that the risk of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) spilling from EU to the Customs Union is increasing, Interfax-Kazakhstan reports.

According to the authority, lambs with birth defects typical for SBV have been recently spotted in Estonia.

“This virus is widely spread in the European Union that is not taking any measures to reduce and eradicate the disease,” the message states. Starting from May 2012 the virus has been officially declared endemic in EU countries, however the countries where the disease is registered for the first time are not obliged to officially report on its outbreaks.”

Russian authorities have grounds to believe that there have been outbreaks of the disease in other EU countries: in the Czech Republic and Hungary in particular. “Cases of import of breeding animals infected with SBV from Austria to Russia and Kazakhstan clearly certify that the risk of the virus spread at the territory of the Customs Union is escalating because of negligence of the respective authorities of the European Union,” the authority states.

RosSelkhozNadzor believes it necessary to request information from the veterinary services of several EU countries, including Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland on the cases of outbreaks of diseases caused by Schmallenberg virus at the territory of these countries.

Diseases caused by Schmallenberg virus was initially registered in Germany. The new diseases was called after the location of its manifestation in August 2011 in three cows of the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health 80km from Cologne. The disease was then diagnosed in other EU countries. The virus has not been fully studied yet.

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