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Monitoring for re-emergence of Schmallenberg virus
  1. Áine Collins and
  2. John F. Mee
  1. Animal and Bioscience Research Department, Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland; e-mail:

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REGARDING Nick De Regge's recent editorial on the possible re-emergence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) (VR, October 29, 2016, vol 179, pp 432-434), we would like to highlight a recent study which used different surveillance techniques (a sentinel herd and Culicoides monitoring surveillance model), as suggested by De Regge, which adds to the limited available data on SBV surveillance from 2013 onwards.

SBV circulation was investigated in 25 sentinel Irish dairy herds located in a region exposed to the virus during the Irish SBV epidemic (Collins and others 2016a). Paired SBV antibody serology (blood samples collected …

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