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Deadly Schmallenberg virus found in calf

Published 21/03/2013

A second case of a deadly livestock disease has been discovered in Co Down.

Schmallenberg virus was identified in Germany in late 2011 and reached Northern Ireland last year.

Now the virus has been found in a second calf in the area.

The details surrounding the latest case are not yet known.

Ulster Farmers' Union president Harry Sinclair said: "We are disappointed."

Data from UK Government department Defra, showed the Schmallenberg virus has already been confirmed in livestock in all counties of England and Wales, as well as to a more limited extent in Scotland.

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