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Emerging Diseases
Schmallenberg virus cases identified in Ireland

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WE would like to report the first occurrence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection in Ireland.

To date, evidence of SBV infection has been found in six cattle herds in Ireland. Viral genome has been detected using a qRT-PCR test (Hoffmann and others 2012) in five fetuses sent for postmortem examination from four dairy herds in County Cork. Two of these herds were also tested and found to be positive for SBV nucleoprotein-specific antibodies using an indirect ELISA (ID-Vet). Subsequently, specific antibodies have also been detected in …

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