Schmallenberg virus affects cattle, sheep and goats.
It is not a notifiable disease.
Suspicion and confirmation
Contact your local Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office immediately on 0300 303 8268 if you suspect Schmallenberg virus.
APHA vets will investigate suspected cases.
The following clinical signs may be present (in cattle):
- reduction in milk yield
- birth defects
Transmission and prevention
Schmallenberg virus is spread by infected biting insects, most likely midges. These insects could continue to spread the disease in the UK through autumn and winter.
A vaccine against Schmallenberg virus is now available for use across the UK. Contact your vet for more information.