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Emerging Diseases
Schmallenberg virus: AHVLA predicts similar losses in 2013

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SCHMALLENBERG virus (SBV) has demonstrated ‘quite rapid geographic spread’ and has now been found in all of the livestock-producing areas of England as well as in parts of Wales, said the Government's Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, giving a briefing for the media on December 18.

He explained that, to date, the virus had not been recorded in Scotland, but a small number of animals that had recently moved into Scotland had tested positive for SBV antibodies, showing that they had been exposed to the virus. Mr Gibbens said he would expect the disease to spread into Scotland in 2013.

Also speaking at the briefing, Alasdair Cook, head of endemic foodborne zoonoses at the AHVLA, explained that experience in the UK and elsewhere in Europe indicated that SBV infection in the areas where midges had been spreading was very widespread and that, within a particular herd or flock, the majority of …

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