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Friday, 16 March 2012

Rapid action to stop Schmallenberg virus

According to the European Parliament Press service, MEPs  call the EU to take coordinated action to tackle the Schmallenberg virus and reassure the public and its trading partners. Moreover,  some speakers criticise restrictions imposed by some countries on imports of EU live animals and meat in response to the outbreak as "unjustified" and called for their removal.
MEPs also say the Commission should facilitate proper exchange of information, provide data to EU Member States and speed up research on vaccines. Some speakers also suggested that farmers affected by the virus should receive compensation.
The Schmallenberg virus, which causes congenital malformations in cattle, sheep and goats, has affected more than 1,200 farms so far in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the UK, Italy and Luxembourg.

Source: European Parliament