Schmallenberg virus detected in Jersey sheep


The Schmallenberg virus has been found in sheep in Jersey, the States veterinary officer has said.

Linda Lowseck confirmed the virus was found in samples from a sheep flock owner whose animals had problems lambing.

The virus, affecting cattle, sheep and goats, is borne by midges and can cause ewes to give birth to deformed lambs.

Mrs Lowseck said the virus was likely to have come to Jersey by windborne midges in autumn.

BBC Channel Islands news reporter Beckie Williams has been investigating.

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