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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 …