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Emerging diseases
Schmallenberg virus ‘still circulating’ in the UK

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SCHMALLENBERG virus (SBV) is still circulating in the UK as the 2012 midge season reaches its peak.

This is the conclusion drawn by researchers at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) following tests on cattle and sheep that were negative for antibodies to the virus earlier this year, but which have since tested positive.

Over 1000 sheep and 150 cattle belonging to the RVC were tested for antibodies to SBV using a commercially available test kit. ‘Animals that had originally been negative for antibodies against the virus became positive between March and June 2012, indicating that the virus has survived the …

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