As the number of UK farms reporting cases of Schmallenberg virus hits 271, the AHVLA has warned that sporadic cases of the virus may arise outside Britain’s most “at risk” areas.
The AHVLA‘s latest update on GB testing results has seen confirmation of the Schmallenberg virus on 271 UK farms.
A report released today (June 18, 2012) also confirmed that 3 premises which reported sheep cases earlier in the year are now also reporting cattle cases.
Current figures confirm:
- 49 cases on cattle premises,
- 219 on sheep holdings,
- 3 cases in both cattle & sheep on same premises.
The AHVLA report further claims that one of the new cattle cases is in the county of East Riding, close to the Lincolnshire border.
With this in mind, the agency claims it is “not entirely unexpected” that sporadic cases may arise outside Britain’s most “at risk” areas.
The current figures, as released on June 18, are:
|County||Positive holdings (Sheep)||Positive holdings (Cattle)||Positive holdings (cattle and sheep)||Total|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||2||1||0||3|
|East Riding and Norht Lincolnshire||0||1||0||1|
|Isle of Wight||2||1||0||3|
|Leicestershire and Rutland||1||0||0||1|
|North Somerset and Gloucestershire||4||0||0||4|
|Somerset excluding North Somerset||3||0||0||3|
- 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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