Schmallenberg virus also is prevalent in Slovenia
According to available data, the experts concluded that transmission of the virus from sheep to humans can not be excluded, but it is highly unlikely.
LJUBLJANA - In Slovenia, in sheep confirmed the presence of Schmallenberg virus, reported the Veterinary Chamber. Schmallenberg Virus was first discovered in 2011 in Germany and since then the disease has spread rapidly in the northern and western Europe.
Abortion and defective animals
Schmallenberg virus causes the acute form of severe diarrhea, chills and drop in milk yield in cattle (50 percent). If you are infected pregnant female ruminants virus izvrgavanje pregnancies, mainly sheep and cows. Reported that in infected herds abortira to 25 percent of pregnant females. In addition to abortion are born in a significant number of defective animals that are unfit for life and fattening, the message noted in the staff room. Infected herds may suffer significant economic harm.
Human transmission is not excluded, but is unlikely
According to available information, the experts concluded that transmission of the virus to humans can not be excluded, but it is highly unlikely.
Scmallenberg virus is a new virus belonging to the family Orthobunyaviridae and is related to Akabane virus. Akabane virus is spread mainly in ruminants in Japan, Australia and Africa. Like the related viruses are also transmitted by the insects. Given the prevalence of insects and almost impossible to combat remains the only option preventive vaccination. In some EU Member States have already introduced a systematic control of the disease, in explaining the Veterinary Association.