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Schmallenberg virus
Schmallenberg virus circulation in Belgium in 2012
  1. C. Bayrou,
  2. M-M. Garigliany,
  3. D. Cassart,
  4. S. Jolly and
  5. D. Desmecht
  1. Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège, B-4000 Liège, Belgium
  1. e-mail: daniel.desmecht{at}ulg.ac.be

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IN Belgium, the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012 were characterised by numerous reports of births at term of calves with neurological signs or malformations of the head, spine or limbs that were subsequently assigned to the emerging Schmallenberg virus (SBV) (Garigliany and others 2012a). Further, the large-scale cross-sectional serological surveys conducted in cattle during spring 2012 concluded that almost all Belgian cattle had already been in contact with the virus (Garigliany and others 2012b, Méroc and others 2013). As the immunity raised by the cow against close phylogenetic …

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