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Farmers urged to be vigilant for signs of acute SBV infection

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COUNTIES in the south of England, from Kent to Cornwall, are likely to have been exposed to windborne midges between three and 18 times a month between May and July this year, according to the International Disease Monitoring (IDM) team at Defra.

In its latest assessment of the outbreak of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in northern Europe, which was published on July 25, the IDM team says that the recent inclement weather in parts of northern Europe is likely to have had only a small effect on midge activity and windborne movement. The cold, wet weather may have reduced the number of midges taking off, but, it says, this is changing with more settled weather. The team …

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