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Bluetongue

The last outbreak of bluetongue (BTV-8) in Denmark occurred in November 2008.

​As from 21 April 2021, Denmark was granted status as a bluetongue free country according to Commission Regulation (EC) No 2021/602. However, Denmark has been recognised as free from bluetongue since 1 January 2011.

In 2007 and 2008, not only Denmark, but also most North and Central European countries, experienced outbreaks of bluetongue caused by virus serotype 8 (BTV-8) in herds of sheep and cattle.

The last outbreak of bluetongue (BTV-8) in Denmark occurred in November 2008.

In 2008, a vaccination campaign against BTV-8 was initiated both in Denmark and in several other EU Member States to control outbreaks of the disease.

Vaccination against bluetongue has been banned altogether in Denmark since 1 January 2011.

Surveillance

For decades, bluetongue has been a notifiable disease in Denmark. Read more: Animal Disease Preparedness (foedevarestyrelsen.dk)

A surveillance programme for bluetongue has been implemented in Denmark according to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2020/689. 

Vector surveillance activities have been carried out in Denmark since the first outbreak of bluetongue. National average abundance estimates are updated weekly at www.myggetal.dk​ (in Danish).


Read More

EU website on bluetongue

Last Modified 16. January 2023