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Schmallenberg Virus

Topic: 6B Micro-organisms

A disease which has caused birth defects and miscarriages in livestock has been found on farms in England. The Schmallenberg infection has been diagnosed in cattle and in sheep, Defra officials said. But the National Farmers' Union warned cases of the virus, which first emerged in the Netherlands and Germany in 2011, were being "under-reported". Humans are thought to be unaffected by the virus, which is thought to be spread by midges, mosquitoes and ticks.

In this activity children will consider facts about micro-organisms and use their knowledge to complete a quiz. They will research the work of scientists and their treatment of illnesses and use this knowledge to discuss the spread of Schmallenberg Virus.

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