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Current BVD eradication options

Ongoing BVD control schemes aim to: (i) prevent the introduction of BVD virus (including live or inactivated vaccines) in free herds; (ii) remove PI animals from infected herds; (iii) monitor BVD status over time. Eradication programmes in the EU have been applied variously at national, regional and herd level.

Management strategies in the EU1 Essentials for a successful BVD management strategy:
  • Removal of PI animals before vaccination
  • Vaccination of cattle must induce broad and log-lasting immunity
  • Vaccination of female cattle must confer foetal protection and must be safe
    during pregnancy
  • Promotion of safe trade
  • Surveillance
Current vaccination options in the EU1
  • *use during pregnancy should only be on a case-by-case basis decided by the responsible veterinarian
  • L2D (Life-double-deleted) is a special version of modified live vaccines that combines efficacy of a modified live BVD vaccines and the safety of inactivated BVD vaccines.
Eradication plans in the EU1
  • National/regional programmes
  • Scandinavian countries
  • Austria
  • The Netherlands
  • Germany
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Brittany
  • Rome, Lecco and Como
  • Herd-to-herd programmes
  • England
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • EU Thematic network on control of bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV). BVDV Control QLRT – 2001-01573 Position paper.