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Bovine Infectious Disease
Severe oesophagitis in an adult bull caused by bovine papular stomatitis virus
  1. Sonja Jeckel1,
  2. Cornelia Bidewell2,
  3. David Everest3,
  4. Colin McInnes4,
  5. Ann Wood4,
  6. Julian Dare5 and
  7. Alex Schock6
  1. AHVLA – RVC Surveillance Centre, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA
  2. AHVLA – Bury St Edmunds, Rougham Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 2RX
  3. AHVLA – Weybridge, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
  4. Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  5. Northpoint Veterinary Services, 1 Leaden Hall Chase, Stortford Road, Leaden Roding, Dunmow, Essex CM6 1RB
  6. AHVLA – Lasswade, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  1. e-mail: sonja.jeckel{at}

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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 …

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