The AHVLA’s latest update on reported incidences of the Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in Great Britain claims “no change” since the previous report released by the agency on July 9, 2012.

The AHVLA‘s latest update on reported incidences of the Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in Great Britain claims “no change” since the previous report released by the agency on July 9, 2012.

Clinical signs of Schmallenberg disease in a calf.The report, released today (July 16, 2012), shows:

  • 53 cases on cattle premises,
  • 219 on sheep holdings,
  • 3 cases in both cattle & sheep on same premises.

The most recent area to be confirmed with the disease was Oxfordshire, which saw its first farm reporting infection in cattle as of the report July 9, 2012.

The Oxfordshire report is also the last recorded new case of the disease in the UK.

The current figures, as released on July 16, are:

County Positive holdings (Sheep) Positive holdings (Cattle) Positive holdings (cattle and sheep) Total
Bedfordshire 1 0 0 1
Berkshire 2 0 0 2
Buckinghamshire 1 1 0 2
Cambridgeshire 1 1 0 2
Channel Islands 4 0 0 4
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 2 1 0 3
Devon 7 2 0 9
Dorset 5 2 0 7
East Riding and Norht Lincolnshire 0 1  0 1
East Sussex 39 5 0 44
Essex 11 2 0 13
Greater London 1 0 0 1
Hampshire 13 2 0 16
Hertfordshire 6 0 0 6
Isle of Wight 2 1 0 3
Kent 39 7 0 46
Leicestershire and Rutland 1 0 0 1
Lincolnshire 1 0 0 1
Norfolk 15 5 0 21
North Somerset and Gloucestershire 4 0 0 4
Oxfordshire 0 1 0 1
Somerset excluding North Somerset 3 0 0 3
Suffolk 13 10 0 23
Surrey 5 4 0 9
Warwickshire 2 0 0 2
West Sussex 34 5 1 40
Wiltshire 7 2 0 9
Total 219 53 3 275


Background information and an information note for farmers and vets (in both English and Welsh) are available to view and/or download from the VLA website Schmallenberg virus page.

  • AHVLA has adjusted some of the current total numbers for the counties where some premises lie close to a county boundary.

    This has no bearing on the distribution of infection when it occurred last summer or on the Government’s assessment of the risk of incursion of potentially infected midges from continental Europe. It is a consequence of more detailed ongoing work following up affected premises in order to assess impact.


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