European countries prepare for emerging cattle disease
16.08.2016 09:17 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of now, the European countries are preparing to battle the lumpy skin disease an emerging cattle disease with the help of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN Radio reports.
As to the report, over 30 experts will be trained at the IAEA laboratories on how to use nuclear-derived techniques which can detect the virus within three hours and help trace its origin and spread.
It is to be admitted, the lumpy skin disease is a highly infectious cowpox virus that is spreading through herds on the European continent.
The virus is transmitted through direct contact with infected animals and contaminated products, as well as through flies and ticks.
The disease does not pose a danger to humans, but can spread between animals and farms, causing severe economic losses.
As to the report, with a cattle herd of around 87 million heads, the European Union would be severely affected by widespread outbreaks of the disease.
It is to be reminded, traditionally common to Africa and Asia, lumpy skin disease emerged in Turkey in 2013 and has since spread rapidly through south-eastern Europe.
It has been detected to date in six European countries namely Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Albania and Montenegro.
As to the report, new cases are being reported every week.