Bluetongue disease appears in UK for the first time
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Bluetongue affects ruminants such as sheep and cows, but is not known to affect humans. It is sometimes fatal, depending on the animals affected, and presently has no treatment. The disease was prevalent in Africa for many years and had since migrated to European nations such as France and Germany, causing officials had feared a UK outbreak in the UK follows recent outbreaks of the disease on the European continent in nations such as France and Germany.
Experts such as microbiology professor Hugh Pennington of Aberdeen University had suspected the disease would eventually spread to the UK.
- "Bluetongue outbreak in Germany" — Wikinews, September 20, 2007
- "Dutch sheep contaminated by bluetongue" — Wikinews, August 17, 2006
- "UK's First Case Of Bluetongue Disease" — , September 22, 2007
- "Bluetongue Disease Detected in UK" — , September 22, 2007