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Emerging Diseases
Schmallenberg virus ‘very likely’ to spread in Ireland this year

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SCHMALLENBERG virus (SBV) is ‘very likely’ to spread to unaffected herds and flocks in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in 2013, according to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) in Belfast.

Offering advice on February 12 on the likely impact of the virus this year, the AFBI noted that the only confirmed case of SBV in Northern Ireland so far was detected in a cattle herd in County Down in October last year (VR, November 10, 2012, vol …

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