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Botulism in sheep associated with broiler litter


  • This summary is produced by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) and is drawn from reports provided by the VLA laboratories at Aberystwyth, Bury St Edmunds, Carmarthen, Langford, Lasswade, Leahurst, Luddington, Newcastle, Penrith, Preston, Royal Veterinary College, Shrewsbury, Starcross, Sutton Bonington, Thirsk, Truro, Weybridge and Winchester

  • An outbreak of botulism in sheep

  • Abomasitis in four-week-old and four-month-old calves caused by Clostridium perfringens and Pasteurella trehalosi

  • Further cases of husk in housed cattle

  • Suspect mycotoxicosis in beef fatteners

  • Severe dermatitis in ewes caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection

  • Deaths in whooper swans associated with C perfringens enteritis and mycotic airsacculitis

– These are among matters discussed in the Veterinary Laboratories Agency’s (VLA’s) disease surveillance report for England and Wales for December 2005

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