Cases of hemorrhagic disease have tripled in recent weeks across French territory. The culprit? A virus transmitted by midges, which particularly affects cattle and deer.
On October 6th, the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty announced the identification of over 50 infected outbreaks in which animals exhibited high fevers and respiratory difficulties.
Inspection services have observed transmission between farms and wild populations. However, as of now, there have been no reported transmissions to humans.
To prevent the spread of the epizootic outbreak, authorities have restricted the movement of infected herds, except for those for culling.
While the disease has a low mortality rate, it impacts exports. Spain has recently reopened its doors to young French cattle, and negotiations continue with Italy, Greece, and Algeria for the same purpose.
Source: Le Monde