Medycyna Wet. 63 (6), 648-650, 2007
Rudy A., Płoneczka K.
Eradication of bovine leukaemia in Poland
Every member country of the European Union has to prepare current eradication programs of bovine leukaemia that will enable the elimination of the disease from infected herds. At the end of the year 2005 in Poland more than 20 000 cattle were infected with BLV, that were not bought and paid by Veterinary Inspection because of the lack of financial resources. Such a situation has been observed for years. Without the realisation of the elimination from the market of serologically positive animals it makes no sense to continue the field of research and bovine leukaemia eradication programs. Furthermore it is against the rules and directives referring to BLV eradication. However there is a possibility of a partial refund of invested sources from the European Commission, under the condition of own financial sources guarantied by the Ministry Council. With a sufficient level of budgetary financial support, initially 6 of the 16 voivodeships in Poland could become free from BLV infections. With own financial support and EU funds the eradication program of bovine leukaemia in Poland can last for about 4-5 years.
Keywords: leukaemia, bovine