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New virus infects animals on 94 farms in France

An investigation by a French agency has reported that 94 farms in northern France have been infected by the virus known as Schmallenberg, first discovered in Germany last year. The disease affects cattle, sheep and goats. According to the Center for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), cases of the disease have been reported in Belgium, Germany and Holland.

On February 1, Friedrich Loeffler Research Institute for Animal Health said 186 farms in Germany had been infected, compared with 51 farms five days before. In Holland, 76 farms were affected by January 26. The OIE, which monitors cross-border farm animal trade, said it is observing events closely.

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