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Sheep disease
BVD in sheep flocks
  1. Beverley Hopkins,
  2. Sian Mitchell,
  3. Amanda Carson,
  4. George Russell and
  5. Gareth Hateley
  1. Wales Veterinary Science Centre, Y Buarth, Aberystwyth SY23 1ND
  2. APHA Carmarthen Veterinary Investigation Centre, Jobs Well Road, Carmarthen SA31 3EZ
  3. Small Ruminant Expert Group, Surveillance Intelligence Unit, APHA Penrith Veterinary Investigation Centre, Merrythought, Calthwaite, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 9RR
  4. Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  5. Cattle Species Expert Group, APHA Lasswade, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  1. email: bevhopkins{at}wvsc.wales
  2. email: sian.mitchell{at}apha.gsi.gov.uk
  3. email: Amanda.Carson{at}apha.gsi.gov.uk
  4. email: george.russell{at}moredun.ac.uk
  5. email: Gareth.Hateley{at}apha.gsi.gov.uk

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We would like to alert colleagues to differential diagnoses of congenital defects in lambs and give an update on a case of bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) in sheep, initially reported in the APHA disease surveillance, May 2018 report.1

Differential diagnoses of congenital defects in lambs that should be considered at this time include BVDV, Schmallenberg virus (SBV), border disease virus (BDV) and bluetongue virus serotype 8 (BTV-8).

Pestiviruses, BVDV and BDVD, are known to cause congenital deformities in both cattle and sheep.2 BVDV is known to cause congenital defects in cattle, but we have found little information in the …

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