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Livestock virus hits farms

A new animal disease which causes birth defects and miscarriages in livestock has now been found on 74 farms in England. The Schmallenberg virus first emerged in the Netherlands and Germany last year.

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Largest number of livestock virus cases reported in eastern counties

The largest number of Schmallenberg virus cases have been reported in eastern counties - in Suffolk, Norfolk, East Sussex and Kent - but the disease has been found as far west as Cornwall.

Positive cases have recently been identified on the Isle of Wight and in Wiltshire, West Berkshire and Gloucestershire, while other counties including Essex, West Sussex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire have also seen cases.

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