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New virus causes deformities in cattle, sheep and goats in Germany

A new disease in goats, sheep and cattle is causing deformities in animals in Germany, officials have said. The Friedrich Loeffler Federal Research Institute of Animal Health said that 186 farms have been affected by the Schmallenberg virus since November in eight of the country’s sixteen states. On 172 of these farms, sheep were infected. There is no vaccine for the Schmallenberg virus.

The institute said that Belgium, Holland, France and the UK have also reported cases. Russia said it will suspend imports from affected countries. Fifty-one farms were affected, mainly in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the institute reported, on January 26. It is believed that mosquitoes are carriers of the disease, which causes fever and diarrhea among adults animals. It cannot be transmitted from one animal to another, experts say.

Information provided by Agencia Estado

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