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Monday, January 30, 2012

Scotland prepared for Schmallenberg

Via Farmers Guardian :

" THE PCR test used to detect Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) is now available in Scotland, scientists in Edinburgh have announced.

Scientists from Moredun Research Institute said they will be screening all suspect cases of the disease found in Scotland.

SBV was confirmed on four sheep farms in eastern England last week, the first time the new livestock disease has been found in the UK. AHVLA officials believe that the disease probably came over to the UK in midges from northern Europe in the summer or autumn and has been circulating in livestock ever since.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, AHVLA and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) are carrying out SBV testing."

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