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Schmallenberg virus causing ruminant disease in Germany and The Netherlands

27 December 2011
Technical news (commented)
Tags: technical news, cattle, insect, Schmallenberg, virus, lamb, sheep, Germany, Netherlands

A new virus has been detected in Germany and The Netherlands and is suspected to be the cause of disease and abortions in cattle and sheep. The virus has been called Schmallenberg virus (SBV) preliminarily, after the German city where the identified strain was sampled. The risk for humans seems to be low, but significant uncertainties exist.

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