The AHVLA’s latest update on GB testing results has reported the presence of Schmallenberg virus on two new UK farms – one in cattle and one in sheep – including the first confirmed bovine case on the Isle of Wight.

The latest update on GB testing results from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has reported the presence of Schmallenberg virus on two new UK farms – one in cattle and one in sheep – including the first confirmed bovine case on the Isle of Wight.

Clinical signs of Schmallenberg disease in a calf.Figures released today (May 4, 2012) confirm one new ovine case in Kent (bringing the total to 220 infected sheep farms), while the Isle of Wight case brings the total of positive holdings with confirmed cattle cases to 36.

This brings the number of affected UK premises to 256.

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

Despite the decline in the numbers of reporting farms, experts claim we should expect to see cases in cattle into early summer.

The current figures, as released by AHVLA on May 4, 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 1 3
Kent 39 6 45
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 220 36 256

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