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Reproductive conditions
Chlamydia in cases of bovine abortion in Ireland
  1. Nicholas Wheelhouse1,
  2. David Longbottom1 and
  3. Jim O'Donovan2
  1. 1Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Edinburgh EH26 0PZ
  2. 2Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Model Farm Road, Cork, Ireland
  1. e-mail: nick.wheelhouse{at}

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WE report the findings of a preliminary investigation into chlamydial involvement in cases of bovine abortion in Ireland. Chlamydia abortus has long been recognised as a known major cause of ruminant abortion. However, several newly recognised species of Chlamydia-related organisms have emerged as putative cattle abortifacients. Recent studies in Switzerland (Ruhl and others 2009, Blumer and others 2011) and Scotland (Wheelhouse and others 2010, 2012) have identified Chlamydia-related organisms in fetal …

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