With the recent detection of Schmallenberg virus using metagenomics techniques, many doubts have appeared about that method. Prof Jose Manuel Sánchez -Vizcaíno and Consuelo Rubio answer all these questions in a divulgative paper published by the Official College of Veterinarians of Madrid.
Available online (in Spanish): Metagenomics, a tecnique to identify new viruses
Where? Assembly hall School of Veterinary Medicine.
When? February 7th, 2012. 11:30 am.
Presentation "Epidemiological situation of the new disease of Schmallenberg. Risk for Spain" (Spanish)
New in the media: La Verdad de Murcia (Spanish)
Complete and updated review of the origin, epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and control of virus Schmallemberg (VSB) and an assessment of current risk of occurrence of the same our country, published by the Official College of Veterinarians of Madrid and conducted by Jose Manuel Sanchez Vizcaino and Victor Rodriguez-Prieto.
Full text: Notes on Schmallenberg disease (Spanish text)
Interesting report broadcasted by the Spanish Public Television (TVE), Agrosfera program, in which Professor Sánchez-Vizcaíno talks about the new disease of Schmallenberg.
From minutes 15 to 17 video (audio in Spanish).
New published by EFE agency in which the professor José Manuel Sánchez Vizcaíno says that althought there is a "high probability" that the pathogen did not affect Spain in its first wave, it is absolutely necessary to wait before discard safely the presence of the virus, due to the difficulty to detect the virus until abortions occur and the warm autumn with proliferation of the vectors.