Notification obligation for Schmallenberg virus expanded

As of Thursday 2 February 2012, the notification obligation for the Schmallenberg virus has been expanded to include all cases of infection with the Schmallenberg virus detected through blood tests.

The move has been prompted by the availability of an additional test procedure that allows farmers to have blood samples from their animals tested for the presence of the Schmallenberg virus. The notification obligation previously only applied to the visible, or clinical, symptoms that could indicate the presence of the virus, namely ruminants born with congenital malformations.

The likelihood of detecting the presence of the Schmallenberg virus in the blood of adult animals is small, however, as the clinical phenomena currently observed in ruminants in the Netherlands are the result of an infection that occurred several months ago.