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Major outbreak of suspected botulism in a dairy herd in the Republic of Ireland
  1. A. E. Sharpe, MVB, MSc, MRCPath, PhD1,
  2. C. P. Brady, MVB, MVM1,
  3. W. Byrne, MVB, PhD1,
  4. J. Moriarty, MVB1,
  5. P. O'Neill, MVB, DBR1 and
  6. J. G. McLaughlin, BVetMed, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Department of Agriculture and Food, Backweston, Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland

Abstract

This is the first report of a major outbreak of a paralytic disease in cattle on a farm in the Republic of Ireland. Thirty-six of 65 dairy cows were euthanased or died. A presumptive diagnosis of botulism was made on the basis of the clinical signs, the duration of the outbreak and the postmortem findings, and by ruling out other differential diagnoses.

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