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Schmallenberg virus: Calf defects found in Aberdeenshire

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.

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