Schmallenberg Virus

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    Schmallenberg virus was first detected in August 2011 within Germany, spreading to the Netherlands, Belgium and now the UK. The number of premises with confirmed cases of Schmallenberg increases daily with the majority of cases of Schmallenberg reported within the UK to date having been diagnosed in sheep.

    Schmallenberg is a viral disease affecting cattle, sheep and goats. In adult cattle the disease has been associated with symptoms including milk drop, fever, loss of appetite, diarrhoea and late abortion or birth defects in calves, lambs and kids.

    The disease often abbreviated to SBV, is not notifiable and there are currently no implications to trade or movement barriers.

    For more information see the attached resources or visit http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2012-10-15/farmers-urged-to-keep-eye-out-for-virus/ to view XLVets member Richard Knight talk about the virus.

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