After in the Netherlands, also in Belgium and Germany bluetongue disease has been reported in North Rhine Westphalia. In Aachen, were the `Weltreiterspiele 2006` currently take place, 15 bovine cases have been reported.
Two outbreaks of bluetongue have been reported in North Rhine Wesphalia: in ovine in Kreis Aachen (2 cases) and in bovine in Stadt Aachen (15 cases).
Description of affected population: Kreis Aachen
One holding with 17 breeding sheep aged over one year.
Stadt Aachen One holding with 199 breeding cattle.
One holding with 64 breeding cattle.
One holding with 106 breeding cattle.
One holding with 264 breeding cattle.
One holding with 68 breeding cattle.
Laboratory where diagnostic tests were performed: Friedrich-Loeffler Institute, Insel Riems (OIE Reference Laboratory) using cELISA.
Source of outbreaks or origin of infection: unknown or inconclusive.
Control measures undertaken:
- movement control inside the country
Zinc Deficiency-Like Syndrome in Fleckvieh Calves
Zinc deficiency-like (ZDL) syndrome is an inherited defect of Fleckvieh calves, with striking similarity to bovine hereditary zinc deficiency (BHZD). However, the causative mutation in a phospholipase D4 encoding gene (PLD4) shows no connection to zinc metabolism. The objectives of this study were to describe clinical signs, laboratory variables, and pathological findings of ZDL syndrome and their utility to differentiate ZDL from BHZD and infectious diseases with similar phenotype.