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BadgerFace



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 12 11:34 am    Post subject: Schmallenberg Virus Reply with quote    

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SBV, a previously unidentified virus that has been recorded on German, Dutch and Belgian farms since August 2011, has been confirmed on four sheep farms in Norfolk, Suffolk and East Sussex, AHVLA revealed on Monday.


http://www.farmersguardian.com/home/livestock/farmers-urged-to-be-vigilant-for-schmallenberg-virus/44361.article


TTouch Homestead



Joined: 13 Oct 2011
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Location: Cardigan, West Wales
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 12 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ay, it popped up on the goat news round robin too...

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 12 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

uggh ,hope it is a worry not a disaster

oaklandspigs



Joined: 14 Jan 2009
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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 12 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Beyond "that the virus has significant health implications for cattle, sheep, goats and their offspring with infection often resulting in still-born or deformed young"

the article didn't say what symptoms to look for other than still born or deformed (which occur occasionally anyway), and what the "significant health implications" were - anyone got anything more specific that I should be looking for before I spend time googling articles in German !

BadgerFace



Joined: 25 Mar 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 12 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There is a link to a fact sheet on this page http://www.fli.bund.de/en/startseite/current-news/animal-disease-situation/new-orthobunyavirus-detected-in-cattle-in-germany.html

Other than that, I've not found much info of any use.

oaklandspigs



Joined: 14 Jan 2009
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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 12 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

BRF, thanks for that - i also found an AHVLA press release

http://www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla/2012/01/12/schmallenberg-virus/

So seems for cattle
"with clinical signs including fever, reduced milk yield, inappetence, loss of body condition and, principally in Dutch herds, diarrhoea. Herds experienced outbreaks of disease lasting 2-3 weeks, with individual affected animals recovering over several days."

And for sheep/goats
"More recently (November 2011 onwards) there have been reports of miscarriages and stillbirths associated with congenital (present at birth) abnormalities affecting mainly sheep but also cattle and goats."

One to watch and more to bear in mind as lambing time approaches

Melli-Jane



Joined: 09 Mar 2011
Posts: 264
Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 12 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

thanks for bringing this to attention - we will be kidding in 6 weeks so will report any concerns to the vet - (given the very minimal prevalance so far i'm sure the risk is very low).

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 12 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

oaklandspigs wrote:
BRF, thanks for that - i also found an AHVLA press release

http://www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla/2012/01/12/schmallenberg-virus/

So seems for cattle
"with clinical signs including fever, reduced milk yield, inappetence, loss of body condition and, principally in Dutch herds, diarrhoea. Herds experienced outbreaks of disease lasting 2-3 weeks, with individual affected animals recovering over several days."

And for sheep/goats
"More recently (November 2011 onwards) there have been reports of miscarriages and stillbirths associated with congenital (present at birth) abnormalities affecting mainly sheep but also cattle and goats."



and for sheep shortly followed by death. Describes every sheep disease symptom.

oaklandspigs



Joined: 14 Jan 2009
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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 12 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As I'm in East sussex, I was interviewed by the local paper today on it's impact (one of the cases is in our area).

I said that as we ran a closed flock, it was not a primary concern, but we were monitoring progress and of course would be following Defra/AH advice. I explained that for sheep one of the signs was stillborns and deformed lambs, and deaths obviously reduce our income. If disease became more widespread we would implement tougher biosecurity.

I fully expect that the headline will read something like :

"Farmer faces financial ruin from frankenstein lamb disease"

oaklandspigs



Joined: 14 Jan 2009
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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 12 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

From an official EU statement

http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/schmallenberg_virus/docs/sv_statement_11012012_en.pdf

A few paras worth quoting :

"This virus belongs to a vector-transmitted group of viruses making direct transmission from animal to animal unlikely. However, vertical
transmission from dam to newborn via the intrauterine route does occur as with other similar viruses. This group of viruses very often are associated with mild clinical signs of disease or with subclinical infection in ruminants."

"Although the congenital malformation in newborn animals have been detected recently and are still being detected in these days, they are most likely caused by transmission of virus by insect vectors that occurred in summer and early autumn, during pregnancy."

"There is no evidence that the Schmallenberg virus could cause illness in humans."

"Given that this virus is likely transmitted by means of insect vectors, further virus circulation in the current winter is unlikely to occur. This will allow Member States time to gather further data and to plan further actions in view of a possible reoccurrence of disease in spring and summer."

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 12 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla/2012/01/31/schmallenberg-virus-further-uk-testing-results/

Update on spread

BadgerFace



Joined: 25 Mar 2009
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Location: Sussex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 12 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.fwi.co.uk/Articles/2012/02/02/131253/first-video-of-suspected-schmallenberg-cases-in-uk.html

oaklandspigs



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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 12 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gets a bit more worrying at 10% issues !

BadgerFace



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 12 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And worryingly very local

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thoughts from a virologist/farmer

http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showpost.php?s=b7b1e68b1f252da1e8552699a4b47085&p=441561&postcount=64

Also now reported in Cornwall

http://www.farmersguardian.com/home/livestock/schmallenberg-virus-discovered-in-cornwall/

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