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Farm Animal Practice
Notifiable viral diseases and spongiform encephalopathies of cattle, sheep and goats
  1. Paul Kitching

    Paul Kitching qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1973 and went into general veterinary practice, first in Hampshire and then in Surrey and Norfolk. In 1979, he completed an MSc in tropical veterinary science at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Edinburgh, and then worked on an Overseas Development Administration contract in Paraguay, until 1982. On his return, he joined what is now the Institute for Animal Health, in Pirbright, Surrey, to do a PhD on the epidemiology of sheeppox and goatpox. Since 1989, he has been head of the World Reference Laboratory for Foot and- Mouth Disease.


THE establishment of the Single Market in the European Union and freer movement of animals and products has increased the risk that some diseases that have been eliminated from the United Kingdom could return, almost without notice. This article describes the important epidemiological and diagnostic features of the viral and subviral diseases of cattle, sheep and goats that are notifiable in the UK. An article on the notifiable diseases of pigs has been published previously in In Practice (May 1994, pp 110-128).

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