Advances in Schmallenberg Virus Research
Schmallenberg virus is an emerging livestock disease which is of great concern, being responsible for neurological defects, stillbirths and abortions in sheep and cattle. Thought to be spread by vectors, such as midges, mosquitoes and ticks, Schmallenberg virus has spread rapidly throughout Europe having first being detected in Germany in 2011. With more than 1,500 cases reported since its discovery in Britain in 2012, new research is currently underway to help identify and develop control measures to reduce and/or eliminate Schmallenberg virus within the farming community. This thematic series focuses on all areas of research in Schmallenberg virus to help promote advances in this field.