Schmallenberg virus: Calf defects found in Aberdeenshire
- 12 June 2013
- From the section NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland
A virus spread by midges has been found in a calf born on a farm in Aberdeenshire.
Schmallenberg virus (SBV) has been confirmed after the calf - born to a homebred suckler heifer - was found to be severely deformed.
The disease, first identified on German and Dutch farms, is not thought to pose a risk to humans. A vaccine has been approved by government vets.
In April, there was another confirmed case on a Dumfriesshire farm.
Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) advised any farmers who encounter foetal abnormalities, stillbirths, or newborns showing signs of disease to contact their vet.
Last year, a ram from Shropshire was also confirmed with the virus after being transported to Orkney.