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In France, Schmallenberg disease surveillance was initiated in January 2012 and maintained ever since within the framework of the French Platform for Animal Health Surveillance (ESA Platform). The surveillance protocol evolved over the years to take into account the evolution of the epidemiological situation (massive viral circulation during the first two vector seasons 2011 and 20121 followed by a less intense viral circulation since the 2013 vector season).2
Since September 2015, the surveillance system has relied on a network of sentinel veterinarians (one sentinel veterinarian per administrative region in metropolitan France) in order to detect a possible return to massive viral circulation on the territory. Sentinel veterinarians are requested to report clinically suspicious cases when congenital malformations that could be attributed to Schmallenberg virus (SBV) are observed in ruminants (arthrogryposis-hydranencephaly syndrome [AHS]). A dedicated web interface was built in order to facilitate reporting by the sentinel veterinarians.
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