Evaluation of the impact and control of enzootic abortion of ewes

D Longbottom, G Entrican, N Wheelhouse, H Brough, CE Milne

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Abstract

Despite the availability of effective management and treatment strategies, Chlamydia abortus remains the single most frequently diagnosed cause of infectious ovine abortion (enzootic abortion of ewes, EAE) in the UK and one of the most significant causes of lamb mortality world-wide. In 2007, a survey of UK farmers, veterinarians and other farm animal holders was conducted to gather information on their perceptions of the risk of acquiring infection and the management practices employed to control the disease. The survey indicated that the preferred options for controlling EAE are either through vaccination and/ or keeping flocks closed. However, further analysis of data indicates that implementation of these strategies does not provide a guarantee of exclusion of disease from flocks and thus further work is required to improve on current intervention strategies. 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257 - 259
Number of pages3
JournalVeterinary Journal
Volume195
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusFirst published - 17 Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Chlamydia abortus
  • Disease control
  • Enzootic abortion of ewes
  • Farmer survey
  • Vaccination

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