European authorities are trying to strengthen the regional cooperation in south-eastern Europe and the Middle East for the prevention and control of lumpy skin disease (LSD).
Lumpy skin disease is a viral disease that affects cattle and is transmitted by blood-feeding insects, such as certain species of flies and mosquitoes, or ticks.
The virus is causing serious problems for cattle producers in south-eastern Europe. In recent years, the epizootic occurred mainly in Africa and in Turkey.
However, since the spring of 2016, it is also spreading in Southeast Europe.
In August 2015, the animal disease was first found in Greece. In spring 2016, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia reported first outbreaks.
Late June reported also Kosovo and in Albania in July 2016 the first cases of LSD. Since then, the virus spreads in the affected regions continued.