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Schmallenberg virus
Small-scale flock seroprevalence study indicates incomplete natural protection against SBV
  1. Mike Glover and
  2. Neil Blake
  1. Torch Farm Vets, Horsepond Meadow, South Molton, Devon EX36 4EJ
  1. e-mail: torchvets{at}gmail.com

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SEROPREVALENCE surveys of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in sheep flocks in Belgium (Méroc and others 2013), France (Gache and others 2013) and the Netherlands (Elbers and others 2012, Veldhuis and others 2013) suggest that some flocks in previously affected areas remain at risk of repeat infection with SBV. In the absence of a UK study we would like to report the preliminary findings of a small-scale survey in seven previously affected early lambing pedigree flocks in the south west of England.

Flocks with a history of births, stillbirths and/or abortions of lambs in November and December 2012 observed with congenital malformations typical of …

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