Spread of Schmallenberg virus expected to slow

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The spread of the Schmallenbergvirus, which has caused many stillbirths among sheep, goats and cows in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, will slow down and cause fewer infections.

German experts report that infected sheep become immune to the virus. “They will later give birth to healthy lambs,” Director Rolf Allmann of the veterinary health authorities in the German town of Münster said on Wednesday. As a result, the number of stillbirths will gradually decrease.

Pregnant animals passed the virus on to their unborn lambs in the autumn, but later developed antibodies.

(gsh/imm)

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