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Emerging diseases
‘Clear decrease’ in cases of SBV in sheep across Europe

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THERE has been a clear decrease in the number of reports of sheep flocks with confirmed cases of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in Europe, according to a recently published analysis of epidemiological data by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The EFSA's analysis follows the publication in February of a technical report discussing likely scenarios for how the virus might spread (VR, February 18, 2012, vol 170, p 165). The technical report also provided guidelines on the data to be collected in member states to allow the situation to be analysed in more detail.

In its latest analysis, based on data obtained up to April 16, the EFSA says that eight member states – Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK – have confirmed cases of SBV. Switzerland, Denmark and Norway reported suspected cases, but all suspect herds and offspring …

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