Livestock virus in 96 Dutch farms

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The Schmallenberg virus, which leads to deformities and stillborn animals among goats, sheep and cows, has been diagnosed at 96 Dutch farms.

In a letter to parliament, Deputy Agriculture Minister Henk Bleker writes that the virus has been diagnosed at three cattle farms, 88 sheep farms and five goat farms. Another 450 farms have reported symptoms which could indicate infections with the virus.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment says that, according to available data, that there is very little risk of humans becoming infected with the virus.

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