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Schmallenberg Virus News
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Schmallenberg From France and Belgium, Wind Study Shows
EUROPE – Schmallenberg virus (SBV) spread to the United Kingdom from farms on the French and Belgian coast, a paper published in Scientific Reports has shown....
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
No Room for Complacency over Schmallenberg
SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland is warning livestock farmers against complacency after its ongoing surveillance for Schmallenberg virus (SBV) continued to show lower than expected levels of activity across...
Friday, August 09, 2013
Schmallenberg Vaccine Granted Market Authorization
FRANCE - Market authorization has been granted for a new inactivated vaccine for the schmallenberg virus, to be available to French farmers in September....
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Farmers Issued Schmallenberg Vaccination Advice
SCOTLAND – Farmers considering using the schmallenberg virus (SBV) vaccine should be making ‘informed decisions’....
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Third Aberdeenshire Schmallenberg Case Confirmed
SCOTLAND – A third case of Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) has been confirmed north of Aberdeen, according to the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) Veterinary Services....
Thursday, May 23, 2013
News of Vaccine Will Not Stop Schmallenberg Monitoring
SCOTLAND - Having access to a vaccine for the Schmallenberg virus will not mean a let up in monitoring the disease in the dairy herd, NFU Scotland has announced....
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
OIE: Techinical Meeting Discusses Effects of Schmallenberg on Trade
GLOBAL - The meeting allowed the participants to share views on the potential risks of spread of the Schmallenberg virus through international trade in relevant animals and animal products. ...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Provisional Marketing Authorisation Granted For Schmallenberg Vaccine
GLOBAL - MSD Animal Health announced today that the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) of the United Kingdom has granted the company a provisional marketing authorisation for Bovilis® SBV, the first...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Schmallenberg Vaccine Given Provisional Go-ahead
GLOBAL - MSD Animal Health announced today that the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) of the United Kingdom has granted the company a provisional marketing authorisation for Bovilis® SBV, the first...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Schmallenberg Solution on Horizon For European Cattle Producers
ANALYSIS - Cattle and sheep farmers are to be offered a vaccine to tackle the dreaded Schmallenberg virus, a bunyavirus spread by midges causing congenital malformations by transmitting to the foetus from...
Friday, April 26, 2013
Deformed Calf Steps Up Schmallenberg Surveillance
NORWAY – National monitoring for Schmallenberg virus (SBV) has been revised following the birth of a deformed calf....
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Scientists Discover Schmallenberg Weakness
GLOBAL – Research led by a team from the University of Leeds has found a ‘chink in the armour’ of the Schmallenberg virus (SBV)....
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Schmallenberg Found in Scotland
SCOTLAND - Confirmation that a new viral disease has been discovered in Scotland for the first time was an expected but disappointing blow to Scottish cattle and sheep producers....
Monday, March 18, 2013
Schmallenberg Understanding to Benefit from Midge Breakthrough
UK - Researchers are a step closer to discovering how Schmallenberg virus (SBV) is transmitted following new research findings at the Pirbright Institute. ...
Monday, February 25, 2013
Dairymen to Drive Schmallenberg Monitoring
SCOTLAND – Partnership efforts between Biobest, Scotland’s Rural College and NFU Scotland are boosting schmallenberg virus monitoring by launching a milk testing programme. ...
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Schmallenberg Seminar to Provide Disease Update
NORWAY - Schmallenbergvirus was first detected in Norway in autumn 2012 and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) is preparing the industry for action. ...
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Widespread Schmallenberg Outbreak Notified
ESTONIA – Schmallenberg virus is thought to have reached Estonia after lambs with congenital defect characteristics were reported by veterinarians undertaking surveillance procedures. ...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
2013 Must Bring Schmallenberg Solution
UK - Every effort must be made to ensure a vaccine is available later this year to help combat the spread of deadly Schmallenberg virus (SBV), the NFU said today. (Tuesday 15 January.)...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Devon Worst Hit as Schmallenberg Spreads
UK - Now recorded in all counties in England and Wales the Schmallenberg virus (SVB) is continuing to spread according to the latest SBV screening and testing figures provided by laboratories at Liverpool...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Schmallenberg Identified For First Time
FINLAND – Schmallenberg has been identified in Finland for the first time in lambs by the Finnish Food Safety Authority, Evira. ...
Monday, January 14, 2013
Schmallenberg Virus Engineering Brings Optimism
UK - Researchers from the MRC Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow in Scotland have developed methods to synthesize and change the genome of Schmallenberg virus (SBV). ...
Monday, December 17, 2012
Schmallenberg Virus – Updated Testing Results
UK - Details of the spread of the Schmallenberg Virus are given, including the locations of affected animals in Scotland. The figures have been verified as correct for the date 14 December 2012....
Monday, December 03, 2012
Schmallenberg Virus – Updated Testing Results
UK - Details of the spread of the Schmallenberg Virus are given, including the locations of affected animals in Scotland. The figures have been verified as correct for the date 30 November 2012....
Friday, November 23, 2012
EFSA Provides Schmallenberg Virus Update
EU - The European Food Safety Authority has published a report analysing the latest epidemiological data available on the incidence of the “Schmallenberg” virus (SBV) in Europe....
Friday, November 16, 2012
Bulk Tank Sampling Detects Schmallenberg Antibodies
NORWAY - Ongoing research monitoring bulk milk samples has shown 13 per cent of holdings in the south of the country have the Schmallenberg virus. ...
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Scots Must Plan for Schmallenberg Risk
SCOTLAND, UK - The growing number of animals infected with the Schmallenberg virus (SBV) has prompted National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland to re-issue its call for farmer vigilance. ...
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Schmallenberg Case Confirmed in County Cork
IRELAND - Schmallenberg has been confirmed in a bovine foetus in County Cork, Ireland. ...
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Schmallenberg Virus Antibodies Detected in Mainland Finland
FINLAND - Based on the results of analyses completed on 29 October 2012 antibodies of the Schmallenberg virus have been detected in several cattle herds in South-West and South Finland. ...
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Midges Carrying Schmallenberg Detected in Norway
NORWAY - Biting midges carrying Schmallenberg have been collected by the Norwegian Veterinary Institute....
Monday, October 29, 2012
Farmers Reminded to be Aware of Schmallenberg
SCOTLAND, UK - Farmers in Scotland are being reminded to maintain good biosecurity, source stock sensibly and seek veterinary advice if they have concerns about the health of their stock. ...


Schmallenberg Virus Info
Schmallenberg virus gets its name from the German, Winterberg, where the virus was first identified in cattle in November 2011. After testing ruled out various other illnesses, the orthobunyavirus (Schmallenberg virus) was identified by metagenomic analysis and virus isolation of infected cattle in Germany.

The Schmallenberg virus is related to the Simbu serogroup viruses, in particular Shamonda, Akabane, and Aino virus.

So far, research confirms that the virus is vector-borne, spread by insects, mainly flies/ midges.

The virus affects cattle, bison, sheep and goats. To date (February 2011), the disease has mostly been recognised in small ruminants around the time of partuition, with offspring showing signs of brain damage or malformations.

There is no risk to human health, says the OIE.

More information here >>
Schmallenberg Images
Schmallenberg  Virus A bovine fetus with deformed joints (arthrogryposis) due to Schmallenberg viral infection.

Schmallenberg  Virus Affected lamb born with fixed flexed forelimbs and abnormal overlong fixed hindlimbs.

Schmallenberg  Virus Lamb born dead with arthrogryposis, showing a twisted spine and abnormally flexed deformed legs.

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