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Virus Lays Low Thousands of Farm Animals [Mosquitoes - Belgium Netherlands Britain Germany]
TheLocal Germany's News In English ^ | February 7-8, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 02/08/2012 3:13:50 PM PST by fight_truth_decay

Thousands of cows, sheep and goats have been infected with a flu-like virus across Germany, with the number of infected herds increasing sharply over the weekend. According to a report in Bild newspaper, the number of herds infected with the “Schmallenberg virus” has jumped from 34 to 314 since Friday, and more and more farms are reporting premature births and deformed baby animals since the virus hit.

Eight cow herds, 12 goat herds and as many as 294 sheep herds have been affected by the virus so far, mostly in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, but individual cases have also been found in 11 other German states.

According to the report, it is only a matter of time until the whole of Germany is affected.

Experts are predicting an increase in the number of infected animals in the spring, when the young are born.

The virus is transmitted by insect bites and

(Excerpt) Read more at thelocal.de ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animalflu; ecdc; nrhinewestphalia; schmallenbergvirus; virus
The story did not include earlier January findings:
A previously unknown virus suggests that this virus is part of the Simbu serogroup found in ruminants in Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East (Israel). From animal to animal demonstrated, transplacental transmission from viremic dam to the foetus. Viruses of this Simbu serogroup have never been previously isolated in Europe. Related to natural movements of insects [the mosquito or midges] from the infected areas, following the same pattern of Bluetongue in 2008.

There is no evidence that the Schmallenberg virus could cause illness in humans. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) performed a preliminary assessment on the zoonotic risks of the Schmallenberg virus which indicates that "it is unlikely that this new Orthobunyavirus can cause disease in human but it cannot be excluded at this stage". Source

1 posted on 02/08/2012 3:14:00 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

There’s something in the Jello causing outbreaks of Tourettes’ in school-age girls just west of here in LeRoy, NY.


2 posted on 02/08/2012 4:21:24 PM PST by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Thank you, Rachel Carson.

DDT could have fixed this.

3 posted on 02/08/2012 4:29:23 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Insect bites????????????It’s friggin winter! Hundreds of people are dying all over Europe with the frigid weather. Do their skeeters wear long underwear and mittens?


4 posted on 02/08/2012 4:39:53 PM PST by Cyman
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping... (In case you missed this)


5 posted on 02/08/2012 7:29:56 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping... (In case you missed this) If this is a duplicate, sorry, I got a 502 error the first time.


6 posted on 02/08/2012 7:41:25 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe

This is not good. Famine is made out of aggressive diseases like this. It seems to be spreading across Europe pretty fast.


7 posted on 02/08/2012 8:19:46 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Smokin' Joe

I usually get that same error when pinging my longer list; it means nothing actually! I just go hit the back button until I see the thread again, hit refresh, and voila - there’s the pinged out thingie.

Works like that every time. I thought it was because there are almost 350 names on it; but things do seem a bit slower lately here.


8 posted on 02/08/2012 8:32:33 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: Cyman

Might be insects that live on animals like fleas or lice or mites or something. But it seems to be spreading too fast for that. Sounds horrible.


9 posted on 02/08/2012 8:35:47 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


10 posted on 02/08/2012 8:41:32 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: fight_truth_decay; devolve; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; All

Of interest;

The Coming Wave

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2820204/posts


11 posted on 02/08/2012 9:05:24 PM PST by potlatch
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To: fight_truth_decay

According to the European Commission’s Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, cases have been detected on 20 farms in Germany, 52 in the Netherlands, and 14 in Belgium. Many more suspected cases are being investigated. “A lot of lambs are stillborn or have serious malformations,” Wim van der Poel of the Dutch Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad says. “This is a serious threat to animal health in Europe.”

“We are taking this very, very seriously,” adds Thomas Mettenleiter, head of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI), the German federal animal health lab located on the island of Riems. The virus appears to be transmitted by midges (Culicoides spp.), and infections likely occurred in summer and autumn of last year, but fetuses that were exposed to the virus in the womb are only now being born. The first cases of lambs with congenital malformations such as hydrancephaly—where parts of the brain are replaced by sacs filled with fluid—and scoliosis (a curved spine) appeared before Christmas. “Now, in some herds 20% to 50% of lambs show such malformations,” Mettenleiter says. “And most of these animals are born dead.”

A host of questions remains unanswered. Which vector species is transmitting the disease? Can animals infect each other directly? And of course, where did the virus come from? “The problem with orthobunyaviruses is that their segmented genome makes the emergence of new combinations very easy, just like with influenza viruses,” Schmidt-Chanasit says. He points to a recent outbreak of a new orthobunyavirus in Peru. The pathogen, named Iquitos virus, turned out to have combined S and L segments of a known virus called Oropouche and the M segment of a new virus.

New Animal Virus Takes Northern Europe by Surprise
by Kai Kupferschmidt on 13 January 2012 http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/01/new-animal-virus-takes-northern-.html


12 posted on 02/08/2012 9:12:17 PM PST by anglian
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To: Cyman
The insect bites happened in the Summer/Fall. The consequences are just becoming visible as the end of the gestation period for infected animals is reached and the animals deformed by the infection are born.
13 posted on 02/08/2012 11:18:58 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: printhead
There’s something in the Jello causing outbreaks of Tourettes’ in school-age girls just west of here in LeRoy, NY.

It was just reported that there are multiple fracking sites on the school grounds. More than just school girls are affected. Some male and female teachers too.

14 posted on 02/08/2012 11:21:30 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Alamo-Girl

You’re Welcome, Alamo-Girl!


15 posted on 02/08/2012 11:53:18 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: SaraJohnson
True enough. There were rumors of a disease wiping out deer populations here (small herds of 20-30 animals) that I heard from ranchers and hunters who get further back in the boonies than I do. I have seen no 'official' confirmation of this, and whatever it was did not appear to affect cattle herds--at least not that I know of.

That brought home to me the idea that the concept of living off the land if things get rough, even where the people are spread thin, is a fragile plan.

(Of course, the tinfoil hatter in me mutters that this could be 'arranged' by a government or other group who wished to herd the humans to food distribution points or refugee camps. With little or no forage, few could endure/resist the crying of their own hungry children.)

16 posted on 02/09/2012 12:02:48 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Huge govt. project of reintroducing the Big Horn Sheep to the rugged mountains of Calif. squashed by blue tongue. What the poachers didn't kill (and that's a real story)the blue tongue got.

Mom was the secretary to the Nat. Park Ser. and I know all the details. The Big Horn sheep were wiped out as they could not raise any young.

17 posted on 02/09/2012 4:15:09 AM PST by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: potlatch

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Thank you Doctor Potlatch!

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18 posted on 02/09/2012 4:41:33 AM PST by devolve (- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - you can't do that on WebTV - - - - - - - - - - - - - -)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Blue tongue?


19 posted on 02/09/2012 6:30:36 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: potlatch

erg.


20 posted on 02/09/2012 6:45:31 AM PST by bitt (Socialism works great until you run out of Chinese money.)
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To: redgolum
blue tongue
21 posted on 02/09/2012 7:04:58 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Kartographer

ping


22 posted on 02/09/2012 7:08:22 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: devolve

I’m interested in all this ‘virus’ stuff. We know virus doesn’t have a cure and it’s the perfect tool for a pandemic of mass killing.

We’ve seen the bird flu, the pig flu, mad cow disease. And then there were, and still are, those who fear the flu shots because of ‘what could be put in them.

So far I’ve got one every year and survived - and don’t get colds, lol.


23 posted on 02/09/2012 4:15:10 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch
Thanks for the link..James Oscar
24 posted on 02/09/2012 9:51:23 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: little jeremiah
like fleas or lice or mites or something

My comment in #1 explains info in study found, source etc

25 posted on 02/09/2012 9:55:33 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

I’m not James Oscar, just felt his thread had a ‘connection’ to this one.


26 posted on 02/09/2012 10:05:23 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

Yes, I understood, just posted a name to the link..thanks


27 posted on 02/10/2012 8:39:04 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: potlatch

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I have had mixed results with flu shots

Horrible results at Fort Jackson years ago

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28 posted on 02/11/2012 7:19:44 AM PST by devolve (- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - you can't do that on WebTV - - - - - - - - - - - - - -)
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To: devolve

Just that one time at Fort Jackson or several times? Did you ‘get’ the flu?
I’ve never had one bad reaction and it seems to prevent me from getting colds - which is great!


29 posted on 02/11/2012 11:47:31 AM PST by potlatch
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