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SBV found in livestock

28th February 2012

The Health Protection Agency has confirmed that tests carried out by the Animal Health and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) have shown the Schmallenberg virus (SBV) was present in livestock samples from farms in England.

Dr Dilys Morgan, an expert in emerging infections at the HPA, said: "Currently, there is no evidence that Schmallenberg virus causes illness in humans and so far, no unusual illness has been reported in those who have been occupationally exposed. Although human infection cannot yet be excluded, recent risk assessments conducted by public health authorities in the Netherlands and by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) concluded that despite some current uncertainties, the risk to human health from SBV is likely to be very low." 


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Article Information

Title: SBV found in livestock
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 21229
Date Added: 28th Feb 2012


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