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INFECTIONS with bovine papular stomatitis virus (BPSV) are most commonly reported in young cattle, usually with mild lesions in the mouth and on the nose (Andrews 2004). There is a zoonotic risk, as described in a recent letter to Veterinary Record (Holmes and others 2011). We wish to report in more detail an unusually severe and extensive infection with BPSV affecting an adult Limousin bull, previously mentioned briefly in the VLA disease surveillance report for February 2009 (VR, April 25, 2009, vol 164, p 515).
The animal was one of a group of four two-and-a-half-year-old bulls, which developed illthrift shortly after housing following their working season on extensive marshland grazing. The bulls …