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  • Vaccine for Schmallenberg virus 'available this summer' in the UK

    Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22596562


    20 May 2013 Last updated at 19:08 ET

    Vaccine for Schmallenberg virus 'available this summer'
    By Helen Briggs BBC News
    Sheep Farmers will have to decide whether to vaccinate their flocks

    A vaccine to protect sheep and cattle from a virus spread by midges has been approved by government vets.

    The virus, which emerged in the Netherlands and Germany in 2011, can lead to sheep and cattle having stillborn or deformed offspring.

    The disease has spread to every county in England and Wales, and was recently reported in Scotland.

    Schmallenberg virus (SBV) causes fever, diarrhoea and loss of milk production in adult cattle.

    The first SBV vaccine, developed by the animal health company Merck MSD, is expected to be available to UK farmers in the summer...
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