Case of Schmallenberg Virus Detected in Jersey
A third case of Schmallenberg virus has been detected among a flock of sheep in Jersey. Schmallenberg is spread by midges and causes stillborn or deformed livestock. The virus can affect all livestock, but is not harmful to humans, unlike Mad Cow, which is we posted a story on last week.
The States Vet Linda Lowseck said she was waiting for more test results, but she said dairy farmers needed to be cautious.
She said: "There is a concern for farmers because they may have cows which appear perfectly normal now but they are carrying deformed calves which will develop to full size but the cow will not be able to give birth on her own.