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Emerging diseases
Continued presentation of cases of Schmallenberg virus in sheep in England
  1. Falko Steinbach1,
  2. Akbar Dastjerdi1,
  3. Trevor Drew1,
  4. Alasdair Cook2 and
  5. Ian Davies3
  1. Virology Department
  2. Veterinary & Science Policy Advice Team, AHVLA – Weybridge, Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
  3. AHVLA – Shrewsbury, Kendal Road, Shrewsbury SY1 4HD
  1. e-mail: falko.steinbach{at}ahvla.gsi.gov.uk

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WE wish to draw attention to the recent detection of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in lambs in southern England.

Since mid-March we have seen a marked reduction in the number of suspect and confirmed cases from sheep farms. This was expected, as the lambing season for the majority of flocks is ending. However, the submission of some lambs since April (five to date, the last so far submitted to us on May 1), seemingly born at term with typical gross pathology for SBV …

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