238 Holdings Infected with Schmallenberg

UK - Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection has been identified on 238 farms in the UK.
calendar icon 3 April 2012
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Twenty five of the positive cases have been diagnosed in cattle, 213 in sheep, and none to date in other species such as goats, camelids or deer.

Currently, SBV infection has only been identified in areas predicted to be at risk of midge incursion from Northern Europe during summer / autumn 2011.

The possibility that domestic (local) midges may have transmitted SBV within the affected areas has not been ruled out. Domestic midges may have been infected after biting a local animal infected last summer after incursion of continental midges.

In Europe, more than 2,400 sites have returned positive tests across the the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and Luxembourg.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on Schmallenberg disease by clicking here.

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