Britain's lambs being wiped out by killer virus from Europe amid fears disease could spread to humans

Britain's lambs being wiped out by killer virus from Europe amid fears disease could spread to humans

By Tamara Cohen

Last updated at 11:53 PM on 26th February 2012

A virus which causes lambs to be born dead or with serious deformities is sweeping farms.

The Schmallenberg virus, which also affects cattle, has already struck 74 farms in southern and eastern England, killing thousands of animals.

Some farmers have reported losing 20 per cent of their lambs since it arrived in the country last month from Europe, where 1,000 farms are affected.

Lambs with the virus are  either stillborn or have horrific deformities such as fused  limbs, misshapen heads and twisted necks which mean they cannot survive.

Scientists are urgently trying to find out how the disease spreads to prevent it blighting Britain’s livestock like the 2001 foot  and mouth outbreak which resulted in millions of animals being slaughtered.


FULL STORY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106685/Virus-kills-lambs-B...

 

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Comment by Starwoman on February 27, 2012 at 9:38pm

And so now they'll have have an excuse to create another vaccine and call it lamb flu or sumthing

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