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Sheep Health
Disease associated with immature paramphistome infection in sheep
  1. Colin Mason1,
  2. Heather Stevenson1,
  3. Alastair Cox2 and
  4. Ian Dick3
  1. SAC Veterinary Services, St Mary's Industrial Estate, Dumfries DG1 1DX
  2. SAC Veterinary Services, Alan Watt Building, Bush Estate, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0QE
  3. Colin Rodger, Ark Veterinary Group, Glasgow Road, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire DG11 2AT
  1. e-mail: colin.mason{at}

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WE would like to report an outbreak of clinical disease and mortality in adult sheep caused by Paramphistomum species (rumen fluke) infection. The affected group comprised 35 cast Scottish mule ewes that had been moved to new grazing in mid-November 2011. Three ewes died three weeks later and the group was treated for suspected liver fluke with nitroxynil at this time. The field had not been grazed by cattle or sheep for one year; however, deer, which can also be infected with rumen fluke, were reported in the area. A small stream and two open ditches flowed through …

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