Friday, 7 December 2012

Schmallenberg Virus - Russians threaten livestock import ban

Further to recent posts, we are now far from being alone in recognising the risks of live animal movements. Others are suspicious of reckless veterinarians signing or passing anything put under their nose, including their own colleagues.

Britain is an island and has had far too many animal disease incursions in recent years. The national herds are now awash with imported disease, some of which carry consequential human risks.

The official veterinary response has been hot air, disinformation, faking, bullying and outrageous secrecy.

They certainly make every effort to deny that the cause might be infected live imports, ignoring even the possibility and constructing the most ludicrous alternatives.

Anything that transfers the blame away from veterinarians especially government veterinarians and to any passing innocent: animal or human is adopted and promoted.

We are an island, we should be more secure, not in the lead in getting every disease and blaming any vector that does not risk exposing veterinary incompetence.

The Russians are now getting problems with Austrian imports and Schmallenberg Virus and are threatening to impose a ban on live imports. Britain insists that the importation into Britain was in midges flying backwards against the wind across a non-existent landscape.

Here is a mechanical translation from the site of the  Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance

In cattle from Austria identified pathogen exotic disease for Russia

December 3, 2012
From laboratory studies of blood serum 224 head of cattle imported into Abansky district of Krasnoyarsk region of Austria, 54 animals in the samples revealed the presence of antibodies to the virus Schmallenberg - exotic pathogen of cattle disease in Russia. This indicates that the animals were infected with the virus previously reported Rosselkhoznadzor.

Currently being tested these animals, which seeks to find out if their body is a live virus.

Rosselkhoznadzor notes importers of cattle, the import of animals from the EU to the additional risks they incur when performing import of animals from Europe, where a spread of the virus because the virus infected animals to be either destroyed or re-exported, which is not always possible to technical reasons.

Additionally Rosselkhoznadzor informs importers that in the near future, perhaps the decision to terminate the import of breeding cattle from countries where the disease has spread Schmallenberg, as provided by national veterinary services of the EU security guarantees delivered to Russia breeding stock, as you can see, in particular, in this case is not always justified.