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Parasitic Disease
Psoroptic mange in cattle confirmed in England
  1. Michael Millar1,
  2. Ailsa Milnes1,
  3. Kate Wood2,
  4. Sian Mitchell3 and
  5. Bryony Kendall4
  1. VLA – Langford, Langford House, Langford, North Somerset BS40 5DX e-mail: m.millar@vla.defra.gsi.gov.uk
  2. Gloucester Animal Health, Saw Mills End, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3DE
  3. VLA – Carmarthen, Job's Well Road, Johnstown, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA31 3EZ
  4. Tyndale Farm Veterinary Practice, Berkeley Heath, Berkeley, Gloucestershire GL13 9EW

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THERE have been 21 confirmed outbreaks of psoroptic mange in cattle in Wales since 2007 (Jones and others 2008), likely to have originated from cattle imported from Belgium (Mitchell 2010).

An outbreak of psoroptic mange has now been confirmed on a farm in southern England that regularly purchases cattle for fattening from a market in south Wales.

Psoroptic mange is a severe skin disease in cattle, caused by a mite indistinguishable from Psoroptes ovis (the cause of sheep scab), which has proved difficult to treat in the outbreaks seen in Wales. It …

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