Two ships carrying more than 2600 cattle in Spain were refused entry to several countries for fear of bluetongue virus infection, and had to drift at sea for nearly three months, CCTV reported.On the 25th of this month, one of the cattle carriers carrying 895 cattle finally berthed at the port of escombrias in Spain. Another ship carrying nearly 1800 cattle continues to anchor near Turkish waters. Although the cattle on the two ships did not come from the epidemic area and carried animal health certificates, they were still rejected by the Turkish government.
Among them, the cattle ship carrying 895 cattle once found a buyer in Libya, but also because of the fear of infection, the Libyan government refused to dock the ship and finally had to return to Spain.
Bluetongue is an infectious disease of sheep caused by bluetongue virus. The disease is characterized by fever, severe catarrhal inflammation of buccal mucosa and gastrointestinal mucosa. The breast and hoof of diseased sheep are often affected, and lameness often occurs due to the invasion of hoof dermis.
Bluetongue virus has strong resistance, multiple serotypes, and poor cross immunity among serotypes. Therefore, only multivalent vaccine can obtain reliable protection.