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1429: Schmallenberg Virus

This paper is taken from the Defra website and was written using information updated on 23rd January.

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Schmallenberg Virus is a new emerging livestock disease that has been detected in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. It is transmitted by vectors, such as midges, mosquitoes and ticks. The virus has been associated with brief mild/moderate disease (milk drop, pyrexia, diarrhoea) in adult cattle and late abortion or birth defects in newborn cattle, sheep and goats. It is not a notifiable disease but farmers and vets should remain report any suspicious cases to AHVLA for testing as part of our enhanced surveillance. There is a low likelihood of any risk to public health.

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