Novel virus detected in Germany and the Netherlands in Cattle, Sheep and Goats
“Schmallenberg” virus has been detected in Cattle, Sheep and Goats in Germany and the Netherlands. There is currently no evidence of the disease in the UK but, like bluetongue, it is thought to be associated with an insect vector. In cattle, it has been associated with a short-lived milk drop, high temperature and scour. However, it has also been associated with abortions and deformed calves and lambs. If you have any abnormal calves or lambs born, please contact one of the vets as it may need further investigation by the VLA.
On 23rd Janaury 2012 AHVLA reported the presence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) on four sheep farms in Norfolk, Suffolk and East Sussex.