Survey of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection in German goat flocks

  title={Survey of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection in German goat flocks},
  author={Carina Helmer and Regina Eibach and Philip C. Tegtmeyer and Esther Humann-Ziehank and Martin Ganter},
  booktitle={Epidemiology and infection},
Animal losses due to abortion and malformed offspring during the lambing period 2011/2012 amounted to 50% in ruminants in Europe. A new arthropod-borne virus, called Schmallenberg virus (SBV), was identified as the cause of these losses. Blood samples were obtained from 40 goat flocks and tested for antibodies against SBV by ELISA, with 95% being seropositive. The calculated intra-herd seroprevalence (median 36·7%, min-max 0-93·3%) was smaller than in cattle or sheep flocks. Only 25% of the… CONTINUE READING