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EFSA provides an update on “Schmallenberg” virus in EU

EFSA has published this report as part of the on-going request from the European Commission to regularly monitor and analyse the latest data available on SBV. The most recent data show that SBV has continued to circulate within Europe with newly affected herds being identified in new regions. These new regions have been identified at the margins of known infected areas. However it is possible, that animals not previously exposed to the virus within the affected area, may still be susceptible to infection and that the effects on newborn animals are still to be observed.

The results of EFSA’s report are being shared with the European Commission and Member States, providing them with the state of play on the latest scientific information on SBV and assisting them with the risk management approaches that may be taken.

There is currently no evidence that the Schmallenberg virus could cause illness in humans.