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Brussels, 28 August 2006

Bluetongue: Control measures revised

A draft Commission Decision to revise the control measures for bluetongue received a favourable opinion by Member State veterinary experts meeting in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, which met today. Over the past 2 weeks, bluetongue has been found in the southern Netherlands, south east Belgium and in parts of Germany on the border with these two countries. The disease control measures laid down in a Commission Decision last week were reviewed in light of the fact that bluetongue virus has been isolated from the recent outbreaks and it has been identified as serotype 8 (MEX/06/0828).

Under today’s draft Decision, which will be adopted by the Commission in the coming days, the restriction zone established last week (see MEX/06/0828) will be extended and formally added to the Annex of Decision 2005/393/EC on the control and eradication of Bluetongue. This 150 km restriction zone will cover all of Belgium, most of the Netherlands, areas in the German federal states of North Rhine Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Hessen, all of Luxembourg, and parts of France bordering the Benelux countries (see Annex). In the restriction zone, stringent rules will apply to movement of ruminants and all animals on holdings within this zone have to be identified and checked for bluetongue by national authorities.

Within the 20km protection zones established immediately around the outbreak areas, the movement ban for all susceptible animals will remain in place. Derogations from this movement ban are only provided for animals being transported in or out of the zone for direct slaughter, for restocking within the 20 KM zone orto another holding within the 150 Km restriction zone. Any movement of ruminants out of the 150 Km restriction zone will be subject to strict conditions and veterinary approval. If animals are to be moved from the restriction zone in one Member State to an area outside the restriction zone in another Member State, the prior agreement of the Member State of destination is required.

The bluetongue situation will continue to be monitored closely by the Commission and national authorities, and the measures will be adapted in light of the evolution of the situation.



Whole territory

France :

Aisne: arrondissements of Laon, Saint-Quentin, Soissons, Vervins

Ardennes : arrondissements of Charleville-Mezieres, Rethel, Sedan, Vouziers

Marne : arrondissements of Chalons sur Marne, Reims, Sainte-Menehould

Meurthe et Moselle : arrondissements of Briey

Meuse : arrondissements of Bar-le-Duc, Commercy, Verdun

Moselle : arrondissements of Boulay-Moselle, Metz-Campagne, Thionville-Est, Thionville-Ouest, Metz-Ville

Nord : arrondissements of Avesnes-sur-Helpe, Cambrai, Valenciennes.



– Stadt Aachen

– Kreis Aachen

– Stadt Bochum

– Stadt Bonn

– Kreis Borken

– Stadt Bottrop

– Kreis Coesfeld

– Stadt Dortmund

– Kreis Düren

– Stadt Düsseldorf

– Stadt Duisburg

– Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis

– Erftkreis

– Kreis Euskirchen

– Stadt Essen

– Stadt Gelsenkirchen

– Stadt Hagen

– Stadt Hamm

– Kreis Heinsberg

– Stadt Herne

– Hochsauerlandkreis

– Kreis Kleve

– Stadt Köln

– Stadt Krefeld

– Stadt Leverkusen

– Märkischer Kreis

– Kreis Mettmann

– Stadt Mönchengladbach

– Stadt Mülheim a.d.Ruhr

– Kreis Neuss

– Oberbergischer Kreis

– Stadt Oberhausen

– Kreis Olpe

– Kreis Recklinghausen

– Stadt Remscheid

– Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis

– Rhein-Sieg-Kreis

– Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein

– Kreis Soest

– Stadt Solingen

– Kreis Unna

– Kreis Viersen

– Kreis Wesel

– Stadt Wuppertal


– Kreis Ahrweiler

– Kreis Altenkirchen

– Kreis Bernkastel-Wittlich

– Im Kreis Birkenfeld das Gebiet nördlich der B 41

– Kreis Bitburg-Prüm

– Kreis Cochem-Zell

– Kreis Daun

– Stadt Koblenz

– Im Kreis Mainz Bingen die Ortgemeinden Breitscheid, Bacharach, Oberdiebach; Manubach

– Kreis Mayen-Koblenz

– Kreis Neuwied

– Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis

– Rhein-Lahn-Kreis

– Stadt Trier

– Kreis Trier-Saarburg

– Westerwaldkreis


– Im Kreis Merzig-Wadern die Gemeinden Mettlach und Perl


– Im Lahn-Dill-Kreis die Gemeinden Breitscheid, Diedorf, Haiger

– Im Kreis Limburg-Weilburg die Gemeinden Dornburg, Elbtal, Elz, Hadamar, Limburg a.d. Lahn, Mengerskirchen, Waldbrunn (Westerwald)

– Im Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis die Gemeinde Heidenrod


Whole territory

The Netherlands:

1. From the Belgian border following the Tractaatweg (N253) in northern direction change in Guido Gezellestraat following western direction change in Willem de Zwijgerlaan following in northern direction until the water.

2. Following the water in northeastern direction change in Veerweg N60 following in northern direction until A58 (E312).

3. A58 following in western direction until Deltaweg (A256).

4. Deltaweg (A256) following in northern direction until the water.

5. The water following in northeastern direction until Philipsdam (N257).

6. Philipsdam (N257) following the water in eastern direction until Hellegatsplein (A29/A59).

7. Hellegatsplein (A29/A59) following in northern direction change in Rijksweg (A29) following in northern direction until Ring Rotterdam (A15).

8. Ring Rotterdam (A15) following in western direction until A16/E19.

9. A16/E19 following in northern direction change in A20/E25 following in eastern direction change in A12/E30 following in northeastern direction until A27/E231.

10. A27/E231 following in northern direction until A28/E30.

11. A28/E30 following in eastern, northeastern direction until A1/E30.

12. A1/E30 following in eastern direction until the German border.

13. German border following in southern direction convert in the Belgian border following in north, northwestern direction until the Tractaatweg.

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