Schmallenberg virus
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Schmallenberg virus spread theory explored

Scientists at the Institute for Animal Health in Surrey have been studying whether the Schmallenberg virus could be spreading from animal to animal.

Schmallenberg affects sheep and cattle. It was identified in Germany last year, and in the UK in January.

It has been found on more than 80 farms in the UK, mainly in the southeast, and it is thought to be carried by midges.

Professor Peter Mertens told the BBC the level of infection in the UK suggested insects might not be the only source of the disease.

  • 30 Mar 2012