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Prevention of transmission of sheep pulmonary adenomatosis by embryo transfer
  1. B. N. J. Parker, MA, VetMB, MSc, MRCVS1,1,
  2. A. E. Wrathall, BVM&S, MSc, PhD, MRCVS1,
  3. R. W. Saunders, MSc, BVMS, MRCVS1,
  4. M. Dawson, BVetMed, MRCVS1,
  5. S. H. Done, BVetMed, BA, PhD, MRCVS1,
  6. P. G. Francis, BVSc, MRCVS1,
  7. I. Dexter1 and
  8. R. Bradley, BVetMed, MSc, FRCPath, FRCVS1
  1. 1 Veterinary Laboratories Agency, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB


Two-hundred-and-fifteen embryos recovered from 76 donor ewes from flocks endemically infected with sheep pulmonary adenomatosis (SPA) and mated with uninfected rams were transferred to 131 uninfected recipients under strict sanitary conditions using International Embryo Transfer Society protocols. The recipients and their progeny were kept in a closed, isolated sPA-free flock. Thirty-eight of 51 progeny from SPApositive donors and 55 of 74 progeny from donors in which no lesions of SPA were detected survived for at least five years after birth. In a similar study 11 embryos from four uninfected donors mated to an SPA-infected ram were transferred to seven recipients, and four of five progeny born to four recipients survived for at least five years. No evidence of SPA was found in the recipients or their progeny by embryo transfer in either study. On the basis of clinical and pathological criteria, it is concluded that embryo transfer can be used to provide an effective barrier against the transmission of SPA from donors from infected flocks, whether or not the parents show clinical signs of the disease.

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  • Mr Parker's present address is 22 Blackdown Close, Pyrford, Woking, Surrey GU22 8LQ

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