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AHVLA confirms spread of SBV in 2012

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AHVLA surveillance has suggested that Schmallenberg virus (SBV) has spread during the 2012 active midge season to cover previously unaffected areas, including parts of northern England and Wales.

The agency reported on October 16 that samples from sheep in counties where SBV had not been detected were tested for antibodies to the virus, and that antibodies were found in animals on farms in Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Shropshire, Carmarthenshire and Powys. It said that the survey results were compatible with more extensive exposure in other counties in these regions.

Simon Hall, veterinary director at the AHVLA, …

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