Following last week’s single case of Schmallenberg virus reported on UK farms, the AHVLA’s latest update on GB testing results has confirmed an increase of two farms in cattle and one in sheep, bringing the total to 254.

Following last week’s single case of Schmallenberg virus reported on UK farms, the AHVLA‘s latest update on GB testing results has confirmed an increase of two farms in cattle and one in sheep, bringing the total to 254.

Clinical signs of Schmallenberg disease in a lamb.Figures released earlier today (April 27, 2012) by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency confirm two new cattle cases on farms in Kent and West Sussex, while ovine cases have been confirmed on one new farm, in the Channel Islands.

The number of counties confirmed with the virus has remained at 24 since March 23 and all farms are within the recognised risk counties in England.

The decline in the numbers of reporting farms is in line with all EU member states, as well as DEFRA‘s own predictions considering UK farming practices and estimated time of infection occurring in the UK.

However, experts at AHVLA claim we should expect to see cases in cattle into early summer.

The current figures, as released by AHVLA on April 30, are:

County Positive holdings (Sheep) Positive holdings (Cattle) Total
Bedfordshire 1 0 1
Cambridgeshire 1 0 1
Channel Islands 3 0 3
Cornwall 2 1 3
Devon 7 2 9
Dorset 5 0 5
East Sussex 38 5 43
Essex 11 2 13
Greater London 1 0 1
Hampshire 14 1 15
Hertfordshire 6 0 6
Isle of Wight 2 0 2
Kent 38 6 44
Leicestershire 1 0 1
Lincolnshire 1 0 1
Norfolk 17 5 22
South Gloucestershire 4 0 4
Somerset 3 0 3
Suffolk 12 6 18
Surrey 5 1 6
Warwickshire 2 0 2
West Berkshire 2 0 2
West Sussex 36 4 40
Wiltshire 7 2 9
Total 219 35 254

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