Large-scale cross-sectional serological survey of Schmallenberg virus in Belgian cattle at the end of the first vector season.

Last updated on 27-1-2022 by Isabelle Behaeghel

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A cross-sectional survey was conducted in the Belgian cattle population after the first period of infection of the emerging Schmallenberg virus. A total number of 11 635 cattle from 422 herds sampled between 2 January and 7 March 2012 were tested for the presence of Schmallenberg-specific antibodies using an ELISA kit. Between-herd seroprevalence in cattle was estimated at 99.76% (95% CI: 98.34-99.97) and within-herd seroprevalence at 86.3% (95% CI: 84.75-87.71). An Intraclass Correlation Coefficient of 0.3 (P 

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