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Disease surveillance in England and Wales, August 2018

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APHA disease Surveillance report headlines

  • Psoroptic manage in housed cattle

  • Inhalation pneumonia in sheep following oral drenching

  • Seasonal Klebsiella species septicaemia in pigs

  • Streptococcus gallolyticus septicaemia in goslings

Current and emerging issues

Forage shortages

Forage availability as the housing period approaches is likely to be an issue in many parts of the UK, especially the south, and will be influenced by the weather in the coming weeks.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has reopened its Fodder Bank in response to the late drilling of spring crops in the east of Britain, which could lead to lower straw yields, and the recent hot dry weather, which has limited grass growth. This is a free service that helps NFU members find cattle feed and animal bedding for their farms, or lets them sell any surplus.

Forage Aid is a charity that provides forage and bedding from donations and pledges from within the farming community, then distributes it to those whose own supply of feed has been destroyed or made inaccessible due to the weather (www.forageaid.org.uk).

The APHA has produced an information note on associated livestock health, welfare and production problems that may arise as a consequence of the hot weather (http://apha.defra.gov.uk/documents/surveillance/diseases/infonote-hotweather-summer18.pdf).

About this report

This report is produced each month by the APHA Surveillance Intelligence Unit and the six Species Expert Groups (livestock and wildlife). The international horizon-scanning summaries are produced by the Defra/APHA International Disease Monitoring (IDM) team, notifiable disease reports by the APHA Veterinary Exotic and Notifiable Disease Unit (VENDU), and threat analysis by the cross-agency Veterinary Risk Group (VRG). The report is drawn from scanning surveillance information, data and reports produced by the APHA Veterinary Investigation Centres and non-APHA partner postmortem examination providers contributing to the Veterinary Investigation Diagnosis Analysis (VIDA) database and complying with standardised diagnostic and laboratory testing criteria. Other livestock and wildlife scanning surveillance reports can be found …

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