Europe steps up lumpy skin disease battle

IAEA helps train European countries to quickly detect emerging cattle disease; vaccination most effective control option.

Starting Aug. 15, 36 experts from 22 countries across Europe will be trained at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) laboratories on how to quickly detect lumpy skin disease, a highly infectious cowpox virus that is spreading through herds on the continent.

Traditionally common to Africa and Asia, lumpy skin disease emerged in Turkey in 2013 and has since rapidly spread through southeastern Europe, IAEA said. The disease has been detected to date in six European countrie

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