Scientists who thought that midges carrying the Schmallenberg virus had died over the winter now believe some survived and are circulating the virus in the UK.
Professor Peter Mertens of the Institute of Animal Health said:
On the basis it spread last year very effectively, I see no reason why it couldn't spread to cover most of the country this year.
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