The AHVLA’s latest update on GB testing results has seen confirmation of two further cases of Schmallenberg virus in sheep – including the first recorded case in Buckinghamshire.
The AHVLA‘s latest update on GB testing results has seen confirmation of two further cases of Schmallenberg virus in sheep – including the first recorded case in Buckinghamshire.
Figures released yesterday (May 14, 2012), which includes a second ovine case on the Isle of Wight, brings the total of positive holdings with confirmed cases in sheep to 222.
This brings the number of affected UK premises to 258.
The addition of Buckinghamshire brings the number of counties confirmed with the virus to 25, the first change since March 23. However, AHVLA claims that all farms are still 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|
|Isle of Wight||2||1||3|
|North Somerset and Gloucestershire||4||0||4|
|Somerset (excl. North Somerset)||4||0||4|
- 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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