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WE would like to bring to the attention of colleagues the results of recent active surveillance for Schmallenberg virus (SBV). Blood samples were taken in mid-March 2013 from six yearling female sheep in a large commercial flock on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon before sale. The sheep had been managed outdoors in this location since birth. The animals were housed in a large, well-ventilated livestock shed for 48 hours before sample collection; around 50 in-lamb ewes shared the same airspace but had no physical contact.
Samples were submitted to the AHVLA for testing using quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) for …
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