Article Text

Emerging Diseases
Schmallenberg virus: a novel viral disease in northern Europe
  1. Nigel Gibbens
  1. Chief Veterinary Officer, Defra, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR

Statistics from

THE emergence of a novel virus in ruminants in northern Europe was described by the Dutch and German authorities late last year following their initial investigations, and their findings were first reported by Defra on December 20, 2011 ( The virus is closely related to known orthobunyaviruses, such as Akabane and Shimane viruses. These generally cause mild, transient clinical signs, often in cattle, are transmitted by insect vectors and may lead to abortion and congenital malformations in offspring infected during gestation. This new virus (Schmallenberg virus or …

View Full Text

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.