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Emerging diseases
Schmallenberg virus circulating In Scotland

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EIGHT homebred cattle in Scotland have tested positive for Schmallenberg virus (SBV), providing evidence that the virus was circulating in Scotland last year.

The Scottish Government reported on March 27 that eight dairy cows in a herd at the Barony campus of Scotland's Rural College in Dumfries and Galloway had tested positive, indicating exposure to the virus in 2012, albeit at a low level. It said that no deformed calves had yet been born in the 160-animal herd. All affected animals were homebred and no animals had been added to the herd from outside Scotland.

Until this confirmation, all animals that had tested …

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