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Schmallenberg Virus Continues Spreading

Posted by feww on March 15, 2012

Thousands of farms across Europe report Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection

Tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of animals in thousands of farms across Europe have tested positive for Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection.

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  • Europe.  Tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of animals in thousands of farms across Europe have tested positive for Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection.


Lamb suspected of the SBV infection. Source: DWHC

  • Germany.   Sheep, cattle and goat from 944 farms [up from 847 farms on March 5, and 908 farms on March 12] have been tested positive for Schmallenberg virus as of March 14, 2012.
    • “The cases occurred in 124 cattle holdings, 780 sheep holdings and 40 goat holdings,” FLI reported.
    • Affected federal states are North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Hesse, Schleswig-Holstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Brandenburg, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Hamburg, Bavaria, Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saarland and Berlin, FLI said.

Map of farm locations in Germany with SBV infection


© 2010 Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Tiergesundheit

  • UK. “Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection has been identified on 158 farms [up from 92 farm on March 2, and 11 farms on January 31, 2012.] Eleven of the positive cases have been diagnosed in cattle, 147 in sheep, and none to date in other species. No increase in the counties affected. SBV infection has only been identified in areas at risk of midge incursion from Northern Europe during summer / autumn 2011,” AHVLA reported.
    • Currently, 20 counties are affected: Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, South Gloucestershire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, West Berkshire, West Sussex and Wiltshire.
  • France. A total of 670 farms have reported SBV infection as of March 9, 2012. The infected farms include
    • 634 sheep farms
    • 26 cattle farms
    • 10 goat farms
  • Belgium.   Total of 213 farms (March 9, 2012); 151 sheep farms, 60 cattle farms and 2 goat farms.
  • Netherlands.  Total of 153 farms (March 8, 2012); 101 sheep farms, 47 cattle farms and 5 goat farms.
  • Spain. Large number of SBV infections have been reported in Hinojosa del Duque, ANDALUCIA. The infections were detected mostly in sheep.
  • Luxembourg. Infection reported on 7 farms. Data incomplete. NO reliable data available.
  • Italy. Infection reported on 1 farm. Data incomplete. NO reliable data available.
  • Denmark.  Schmallenberg virus has been found in midges in Denmark,
    the Danish National Veterinary Institute reported on March 13, 2012.

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