Deadly virus killing livestock in Britain

February 26th, 2012 - 7:25 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 26 (IANS) Schmallenberg, a deadly virus for which there is no cure, is spreading across Britain and causing stillbirths and birth defects in sheep, goats and cattle.

The government has confirmed the virus has reached the southern part of the country after ­being detected in Germany and the Netherlands last year, the Daily Express reported.

According to the BBC, humans are thought to be unaffected by the virus.

The virus — spread by flies, mosquitoes and ticks — has been found at 74 farms in 12 British counties and on the Isle of Wight.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it suspected livestock may have got the virus from infected flies blown across the English Channel from affected areas in Europe.

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