Nine districts affected by Bluetongue disease
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Nine districts affected by Bluetongue disease

Nine districts in the centre of Portugal, including Lisbon and the Alentejo, have reported sheep affected by the  Bluetongue virus – a non-contagious insect borne disease that can kill its victims within a week. Farmers in the areas affected are legally obliged to have their stock vaccinated, thus this outbreak should be contained fairly quickly. So far it is prevalent in Castelo Branco (all boroughs), Coimbra (Arganil, Oliveira do Hospital and Tábua), Guarda (Gouveia, Fornos de Algodres, Seia), Viseu (Carregal do Sal, Castro Daire, Seia, Nelas, Tondela and Viseu) and Santarém (all boroughs). Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo and Santarém district have also registered cases, as have all districts and boroughs of the Alentejo.