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Bulk Tank Sampling Detects Schmallenberg Antibodies

16 November 2012

NORWAY - Ongoing research monitoring bulk milk samples has shown 13 per cent of holdings in the south of the country have the Schmallenberg virus.

Milk samples from the Oslo, Akerhus and South Hedmark regions had Schmallenberg virus antibodies present in their bulk milk samples.

The investigation is analysing milk from 532 dairy herds in Rogaland across to the Swedish border. Tank Milk Samples are examined for antibodies against Schmallenbergvirus and bluetongue virus.

Currently none of the samples have tested positive for bluetongue antibodies and a fifth of the samples have been analyzed.

Earlier this autumn traps caught Schmellenberg carrying midges in two locations although the onset of winter has meant midge observations have been halted.

Infection with Schmallenbergvirus in ruminants is also found in Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

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