Laura Sandys, a Conservative MP for Kent, has called for a ban on the export of UK livestock due to a recent outbreak of the Schmallenberg virus.
Sandys argues that quick action now could prevent the virus from spreading. The BBC quoted her as saying, "There is no treatment or preventative vaccine available, nor are we are clear on how the virus is being transmitted."
To date, 92 UK farms have reported cases of Schmallenberg. The virus is named after the area in Germany where early cases were first reported. Schmallenberg is thought to be spread by biting insects like ticks and mosquitoes, and experts believe the virus entered the UK via small insects that were blown with the winds across the Channel. The first cases were identified in the UK in January.