Information received on 17/09/2019 from Mr Hans Wyss, Chief Veterinary Officer, Schwarzenburgstrasse 161, Swiss Federal Veterinary Office, LIEBEFELD BERNE, Switzerland
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 13/09/2019
Date of confirmation of the event 16/09/2019
Report date 16/09/2019
Date submitted to OIE 17/09/2019
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 31/12/2018
Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent Bluetongue virus
Serotype 8
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to the whole country
Related reports Immediate notification (16/09/2019)
Follow-up report No. 1 (25/09/2019)
Follow-up report No. 2 (14/10/2019)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (BT_2019_BE_1) Oberbalm, Oberbalm, Bern-Mittelland, Bern
Date of start of the outbreak 13/09/2019
Outbreak status Resolved (16/09/2019)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cattle 63 1 0 0 0
Affected population The 6 months old bull was tested for bluetongue in the frame of a health check performed to prepare its sale. The animal is healthy and has not shown any symptoms of disease.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cattle 63 1 0 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Cattle 1.59% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Vectors
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Zoning
  • Control of vectors
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) (National laboratory) Cattle reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 16/09/2019 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations