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Schmallenberg virus: Scottish farmers put on high alert

Farmers in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway have been advised to be vigilant following the announcement that the schmallenberg virus has been detected in northern England affecting both cattle and sheep.

Schmallenberg virus (SBV) causes fever, diarrhoea and loss of milk production in adult cattle, although the animals do recover.

SBV spread via midges throughout parts of Europe and southern England last year.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) reported this week that positive samples had been found on farms in North Yorkshire and Northumberland.

Farms with animals brought in from affected areas in England and Wales have been advised to consider testing those animals through the NFUS testing scheme.

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