Schmallenberg virus spreading through Europe

The Schmallenberg virus, which affects sheep, cattle and goats was first detected last August in cattle in the Netherlands and Germany. It has now spread to the UK, and Farmer's Weekly has a web page where you can learn more about this viral disease and also follow the reports of number of affected farms.

Number of confirmed cases so far (Jan 31) :







Clinical signs included fever, reduced milk yield, inappetence, loss of body condition and, principally in Dutch herds, diarrhoea. Herds experienced outbreaks of disease lasting 2-3 weeks, with individual affected animals recovering over several days.

The virus has been associated with reports of miscarriages and stillbirths associated with congenital abnormalities affecting mainly sheep but also cattle and goats, in northern Europe.

Read more on the Farmer's Weekly web site