Update of the Schmallenberg Virus Outbreak in the EU

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Posted on: 21 Apr 2012

The Schmallenberg virus has been found in cattle in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the UK and Luxembourg.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 4/2/2012 GAIN Report Number: NL2013 Netherlands EU-27 Post: The Hague Update of the Schmallenberg Virus Outbreak in the EU Report Categories: Livestock and Products Approved By: Mary Ellen Smith Prepared By: Bob Flach Report Highlights: The Schmallenberg virus has been found in cattle in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the UK and Luxembourg. The total number of cases for cattle, sheep and goats, more than doubled in one month. The Schmallenberg virus (SBV) has been found in cattle in Germany (243), the Netherlands (124), Belgium (121), France (76), the UK (25) and Luxembourg (1). In Italy, the SBV has been detected on a goat farm and in Spain on a sheep farm. In total 2,923 cases have been confirmed, of which 590 cases in cattle. A month ago, 1,290 cases were found of which 305 in cattle (see GAIN NL2007). Most of the cases are reported in Germany. Presentations about the Schmallenberg virus on the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) can be downloaded at: http://ec.europa.eu/food/committees/regulatory/scfcah/animal_health/presentations_en.htm#1112012012 Below an overview of the farms suspected, inspected and the results of the tests: Germany Farms Farms inspected Virus found Virus not found Awaiting result Suspected Cattle 243 Sheep 832 Goat 45 Total 1,120 Last update on 03/30/2012 France Farms Farms inspected Virus found Virus not found Awaiting result Suspected Cattle 76 Sheep 960 Goat 12 Total 1,048 Last update on 03/30/2012 Belgium Farms Farms inspected Virus found Virus not found Awaiting result Suspected Cattle 527 121 Sheep 238 161 Goat 11 Total 776 284 Last update on 03/26/2012 UK Farms Farms inspected Virus found Virus not found Awaiting result Suspected Cattle 25 Sheep 210 Goat 0 Total 235 Last update on 03/30/2012 Netherlands Farms Farms inspected Virus found Virus not found Awaiting result Suspected Cattle 938 124 718 96 Sheep 308 105 192 1 Goat 35 5 29 1 Total 1,281 234 939 98 Last update on 03/30/2012 Trade implications The following countries imposed restrictions on livestock and products imports from the EU: Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Japan, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay and the U.S. -The Russian authorities ban live cattle and swine imports from the EU as of March 20. -Turkey is reportedly not granting import licenses anymore. This is anticipated to cause about three months of trade standstill. As a consequence cattle exports are forecast to fall about 200,000 head from the forecast in the EU Livestock Semi Annual (GAIN NL2008). These lower exports are expected to increase domestic slaughter as well as ending inventories in 2012. Information in this report is based on press releases of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA), the Belgian Food Safety Agency (FAVV), and FAS Offices in The Hague, Berlin, London, Paris and Brussels.
Posted: 21 April 2012

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