NFU urges vigilance over new Schmallenberg livestock virus

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The National Farmers Union has urged farmers to be vigilant after it was confirmed that a new disease, the Schmallenberg virus, has been found on farms in Norfolk, Suffolk and East Sussex.

The disease first emerged in the Netherlands and Germany last year.

It can lead to late abortions and birth deformities in newborn sheep, goats and cattle and is thought to be spread by midges.

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