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Emerging Diseases
SBV cases increase in cattle

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WITH the lambing season coming to an end in some regions of Europe, the number of cases of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) being identified in sheep are declining but cases in cattle are increasing, according to a recently updated outbreak assessment from Defra's International Disease Monitoring (IDM) team.

In its assessment, which was published on March 11, the team said that, since its previous update of February 22 (see VR, March 3, 2012, vol 170, p 217), there had been a significant increase in cases being reported from new areas of affected counties in England. This was not unexpected, it said, and all affected counties were …

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