Fort Dodge Animal Health
Division of Wyeth
1411 GM NAARDEN
24 June 2008
Fort Dodge Starts to Supply Bluetongue Serotype 8 Vaccine in Italy
OLOGNA, Italia (Giugno 2008) - Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth (NYSE: WYE), has announced the supply of the first 500,000 doses of the Company's Zulvac® 8 vaccine to protect cattle against Bluetongue Serotype 8 disease. Bluetongue Serotype 8 was first identified in Italy in Mach 2008 in the province of Verona. Fort Dodge is one of two companies appointed by the Italian government to produce the Bluetongue Serotype 8 vaccine and will supply a total of 4.4 million doses during June and July.
The Ministry of Health has decided to implement a plan of mass vaccination against Bluetongue of bovine animals (Bluetongue) starting with the province of Verona, followed by Mantova and Brescia, and then extending to cover all sensitive cattle in the North of Italy. The management of the vaccine distribution process will be carried out by the Istituto Zooprofilatico delle Venezie. Fort Dodge is first company to supply the Serotype 8 vaccine in Italy. It is being produced at the company's manufacturing facilities in Weesp, The Nederlands.
Because of the challenges that Bluetongue is causing to farmers, Fort Dodge has committed considerable efforts and resources into developing a vaccine," says Stefan Mihailov, General Manager, Fort Dodge Italy. "We are delighted to be able to support the Italian authorities in bringing outbreaks of Bluetongue in the country under control.
In addition to supplying the vaccine, Fort Dodge is also providing Renegade insecticide, which is proven to aid in the control of Culicoides spp., the vector of the disease.
"We will continue to support farmers in their fight against Bluetongue," comments Marc Snacken, Livestock Manager at Fort Dodge EMEA. "In addition to our vaccine against Serotype 8 which has now spread widely spread in Europe, we also have a vaccine available to fight Serotype 1, which is proving an increasing problem right across Europe. We also offer a vaccine against Serotype 4, which is found mainly among sheep in Spain and Italy.
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