11/05/2012

Schmallenberg Update

No new SBV cases in more than a week

The AHVLA's latest update on GB testing results has revealed that there have been NO further confirmed cases of the Schmallenberg virus (SBV) on UK premises since May 4, 2012.

The latest update on GB testing results from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has revealed that there have been NO further confirmed cases of the Schmallenberg virus (SBV) on UK premises since May 4, 2012.

Clinical signs of Schmallenberg disease in a calf.Figures released on May 8 and updated today (May 11, 2012) have confirmed that number of UK farms reporting SBV has remained at 256.

This figure includes:

  • 36 confirmed cases in cattle, and
  • 220 cases in sheep.


The number of counties confirmed with the virus has remained at 24 for 7 weeks now (since March 23) and DEFRA has confirmed that all affected premises are within the recognised risk counties in England.

Despite the drop in reported cases, experts say we should expect to see cases in cattle into early summer.

Current figures, as confirmed by AHVLA on May 4, are available here.

SBV image © AHVLA
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