Dr. Tsvyatko Alexandrov from the BFSA’s " Animal Health and Welfare And Feed Controls’ Directorate presented epizootic situation in the country, measures taken to limit the disease as well as the measures and epidemiological situation in Greece and Turkey, where outbreaks of the disease were also detected. Everybody supported and adopted the decision of MAF and BFSA a vaccination against the disease to be carried out. The plan includes vaccination of all cattle in Haskovo, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Yambol, Plovdiv and all southern municipalities in the districts of Burgas, Kardzhali, Smolyanand and Blagoevgrad. " Dr. Georgi Chobanov, director of Animal Health and Welfare And Feed Controls’ Directorate at the BFSA explained that Bulgaria has already asked the European Commission for quantities of vaccine and the Commission will be notified for the vaccination.
"We are working closely with the Ministry of Interior. They help us to strengthen the control of movement of animals in the country, “said Dr. Damyan Iliev, CEO of the BFSA. In his words, the risk of unauthorized transportation of infected animals was great .Therefore the measures taken were uncompromising.
"We strongly support the measures taken by the BFSA in relation to identification of the disease outbreaks and consider them correct, as opposed to those taken to limit the bluetongue disease," said Dr Trifon Tsvetkov, chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Bulgarian Veterinary Union.