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Volume 15, Number 3—March 2009

Dispatch

Epidemiology of Bluetongue Virus Serotype 8, Germany

Franz J. ConrathsComments to Author , Jörn M. Gethmann, Christoph Staubach, Thomas C. Mettenleiter, Martin Beer, and Bernd Hoffmann
Author affiliations: Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Wusterhausen, Germany (F.J. Conraths, J.M. Gethmann, C. Staubach); Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany (T.C. Mettenleiter, M. Beer, B. Hoffmann)

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Animals affected by bluetongue virus serotype 8, Germany, 2006 and 2007

Animals Total no. animals No. diseased animals No. deaths Morbidity rate, % Mortality rate, % Case-fatality rate, %
Cattle
2006 48,364 1,131 72 2.34 0.15 6.37
2007
1,317,111
26,772
3,512
2.03
0.27
13.12
Sheep
2006 9,781 590 221 6.03 2.26 37.46
2007
503,282
32,116
13,324
6.38
2.65
41.49
Goats
2006 56 0 0 0 0 0
2007 3,346 209 54 6.25 1.61 25.84

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