I’ve written quite a lot on MicrobiologyBytes about the growing threat from Bluetongue virus. New figures from the European Commission now show that BTV 8, the epidemic strain of the virus, has been virtually eradicated from mainland Europe after an extensive vaccine campaign.
Tens of thousands of cases of bluetongue, predominantly the BTV8 strain, were identified across Europe in 2007 and 2008. The numbers dropped significantly in 2009 and are on course for a further significant decline this year.
The latest figures from the European Commission show incidence of BTV 8 has declined to just two recorded cases, while rare European cases of other strains are also on the way down.