Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection has now been identified on 190 UK farms, according to the latest GB testing results from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA).

Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection has now been identified on 190 UK farms, according to the latest GB testing results from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA).

Clinical signs of Schmallenberg disease in a lamb.Fourteen of the positive cases have been diagnosed in cattle, 176 in sheep, and none to date in other species such as goats, camelids or deer.

There has been no increase in the counties affected since the previous report of March 16, when cases were newly confirmed in Greater London and Warwickshire.

AHVLA claims that, so far, infection has only been identified in areas at risk of midge incursion from Northern Europe during summer / autumn 2011.

The current figures, courtesy of AHVLA, are:

County Positive holdings (Sheep) Positive holdings (Cattle) Positive holdings (Goats and other exotic or farmed wild ruminants) Total
Bedfordshire 1 0 0 1
Cambridgeshire 1 0 0 1
Channel Islands 2 0 0 2
Cornwall 1 0 0 1
Devon 3 0 0 3
Dorset 4 0 0 4
East Sussex 31 1 0 32
Essex 10 0 0 10
Greater London 1 0 0 1
Hampshire 12 0 0 12
Hertfordshire 6 0 0 6
Isle of Wight 2 0 0 2
Kent 35 4 0 39
Leicestershire 1 0 0 1
Lincolnshire 1 0 0 1
Norfolk 16 4 0 20
S Gloucestershire 3 0 0 3
Somerset 3 0 0 3
Suffolk 12 3 0 15
Surrey 5 0 0 5
Warwickshire 2 0 0 2
West Berkshire 2 0 0 2
West Sussex 32 3 0 35
Wiltshire 6 2 0 8
Total 192 17 0 209
  • Figures correct as of March 23, 2012
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