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Emerging Diseases
More cases of SBV expected in cattle as reports in sheep start to decline

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THE number of livestock holdings in England reporting new cases of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in sheep has begun to decline, according to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA). This, the agency says, is expected as, in line with other EU member states, the lambing of ‘at risk’ sheep – those that were at a critical point in gestation when they were infected by SBV – is drawing to an end. The decline is also in line with Defra's own predictions considering UK farming practices and the estimated …

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