Unchanged Schmallenberg virus seroprevalence in the Belgian sheep population after the vector season of 2014 and 2015 despite evidence of virus circulation.

Last updated on 22-11-2022 by Anonymous (not verified)

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Schmallenberg virus (SBV) emerged in North-Western Europe in 2011 and induces congenital defects in ruminants. Many epidemiological studies were undertaken to study the spread of the virus during the first two years after its emergence, but little data is available on the current antibody protection rate against SBV. A cross-sectional seroprevalence study was therefore carried out in the Belgian sheep population and showed that the total seroprevalence against SBV was 26% (CI: 21-32) at the end of the vector season of 2015, being significantly lower than the seroprevalence of 84% detected a…

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