27/04/2012

Schmallenberg Update

One new case of SBV confirmed in cattle

There has been just one new case of the Schmallenberg virus reported since AHVLA's last update on GB testing results. The single cattle case reported in East Sussex takes the total of UK farms reporting cases of the virus to 251.

There has been just one new case of the Schmallenberg virus reported since AHVLA's last update on GB testing results (April 23, 2012). The single cattle case reported in East Sussex takes the total of UK farms reporting cases of the virus to 251.

Clinical signs of Schmallenberg disease in a lamb.Figures released by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency earlier today (April 27, 2012) show cattle cases now confirmed on 33 UK farms, while ovine cases remain static.

The number of counties confirmed with the virus has remained at 24 since March 23, and DEFRA has confirmed that all farms are within the recognised risk counties in England.

New cases will appear in cattle until early summer, experts claim.

The current figures, as released by AHVLA on April 27, are:

County Positive holdings (Sheep) Positive holdings (Cattle) Total
Bedfordshire 1 0 1
Cambridgeshire 1 0 1
Channel Islands 2 0 2
Cornwall 2 1 3
Devon 7 2 9
Dorset 5 0 5
East Sussex 38 5 43
Essex 11 2 13
Greater London 1 0 1
Hampshire 14 1 15
Hertfordshire 6 0 6
Isle of Wight 2 0 2
Kent 38 5 43
Leicestershire 1 0 1
Lincolnshire 1 0 1
Norfolk 17 5 22
South Gloucestershire 4 0 4
Somerset 3 0 3
Suffolk 12 6 18
Surrey 5 1 6
Warwickshire 2 0 2
West Berkshire 2 0 2
West Sussex 36 3 39
Wiltshire 7 2 9
Total 218 33 251

SBV image © DGZ Vlaanderen
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