Article Text

PDF
Postal survey of ovine caseous lymphadenitis in the United Kingdom between 1990 and 1999
  1. S. H. Binns, MA, VetMB, MS, MSc, DiplSHTM, PhD, MRCVS1,
  2. L. E. Green, BVSc, MSc, PhD, MRCVS1 and
  3. M. Bailey, BVSc, PhD2
  1. 1 Ecology and Epidemiology Group, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
  2. 2 Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol BS18 7DY
  1. Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol BS18 7DY

Abstract

Members of the Sheep Veterinary Society and three terminal sire breed societies (A, B and C) were surveyed to investigate the prevalence and characteristics of ovine caseous lymphadenitis in the UK. In total, 264 veterinary surgeons and 510 farmers responded. Eighteen per cent of the vets had seen at least one case of the disease, and 45 per cent of the farmers had seen abscesses in their sheep. Relatively few farmers had had the cause of the abscesses investigated, but 24 of the 32 flocks that had submitted samples to a laboratory had had the disease confirmed. The incidence of the disease and abscesses increased from 1990 to 1999. The disease was more likely to be investigated in certain breeds and when male sheep had abscesses. Risk factors for the disease included the presence of sheep of breed B in the flock, the presence of half-bred sheep, showing sheep, and the use of shearing contractors. Dipping sheep appeared to be protective.

    Statistics from Altmetric.com

      Request permissions

      If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.