Schmallenberg virus: EFSA provides an overview of the latest scientific research

The Schmallenberg virus (SBV) is transmitted by insects and was first detected in Europe in cattle, sheep and goats in 2011. The report reviews current knowledge in the areas of genotyping, transmission routes, spread models, prevalence, susceptible species and impact on animal health. EFSA recommends further research to fully characterise SBV and to better understand the mechanisms of transmission. This will help the EU to be better prepared to deal with new disease threats.