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Bluetongue and Schmallenberg - cattle

The status regarding bluetongue was investigated in 2009 and again from 2011 and onwards.


The status regarding Schmallenberg was investigated in 2012-2013.

Bluetongue: The aim of the programme is to document status for bluetongue i Norway.

Schmallenberg vitus: The aim of the programme is to document occurrence and distribution of Schmallenberg virus in Norway.

Bluetongue is a viral disease spread by midges. A large outbreak occurred in Europe in 2006 - 2011. In Norway, the disease was found in four herds in the most southern part part of Norway in 2009.

Schmallenberg disease is a new virus disease which was discovered in Germany, in the Netherlands and in Belgium in 2011. The virus which is transmitted by midges was quickly distributed to many European countries in 2012 including Norway. The virus belongs to the orthobunyaviruses and it is close related to the Akabane virus. It causes disease in ruminants and in pregnant dams the infection can results in abortions or malformations of the offspring as the most serious symptoms.


  • Bluetongue: 2011-2014   2009 (only in Norwegian - see Norwegian pages)
  • Schmallenberg virus: 2012-2013

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