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Schmallenberg Virus
SBV transmission
  1. Peers Davies and
  2. Janet Daly
  1. School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE15 5RD
  1. e-mail: svxpld{at}

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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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