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07/01/2018

Agriculture Ministry warns of risk of "blue tongue" outbreak in Uruguay

Uruguayan animal health authorities are on the alert following the outbreak of a blue tongue focus among sheep in south Brazil.

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 “Blue tongue” is a non-contagious, insect-borne, viral disease of ruminants, mainly sheep and less frequently cattle, goats, buffalo, deer, dromedaries, and antelope. It is caused by the Bluetongue virus (BTV). The outbreak has been located in Santa Maria, in central Rio Grande do Sul, and Uruguay's Agriculture and Livestock ministry has strengthened controls along the border which divides the rich farmland region.

Carlos Fuellis, head of Uruguay's Animal Health Ministry Division said the disease is not contagious, but can be transmitted by vectors, such as mosquitoes. Abundant nasal discharges, profuse salivation are symptoms particularly among sheep and goats, but can also infect wild hoofed animals.

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