A new virus,found in Britain


A new virus, that causes abortions and birth deformities in farm animals, has   been found in Britain for the first time. By , Environment Correspondent for Telegraph,uk

Schmallenberg virus (SBV), which is spread by midges and affects cattle, sheep   and goats, has been formally identified on four sheep farms in Norfolk,   Suffolk and East Sussex.

At the moment farmers are not required to notify the authorities so animals   with the disease may end up in the food chain, however it is not thought to   be harmful to humans.

Farmers are concerned because of the distressing nature of finding animals with dead or deformed young and the possibility the virus may be spread further as the weather warms.

Vets believe the virus was carried over to eastern England via midges from the   northern Europe, where it was first identified last August.

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