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Farm Animal Practice
Strategies for the control of parasitic bronchitis in cattle
  1. Graham David

    Graham David graduated from Liverpool in 1975. After a couple of years in large animal, mainly dairy, practice, he took up the post of lecturer in veterinary preventive medicine at Liverpool and then, in 1981, joined Shrewsbury VI Centre. He is currently senior veterinary investigation officer in the surveillance division of the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, and chairman of the VLA Cattle Group. He has a particular interest in cattle diseases, notably lameness, mastitis, bovine viral diarrhoea, BSE and parasitic bronchitis.

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PARASITIC bronchitis, otherwise known as lungworm, husk or hoose, occurs worldwide, predominantly in areas with a warm, wet climate for at least part of the year. In Great Britain, the disease is most common in the wetter western parts of the country. Parasitic bronchitis has traditionally been a disease of calves in their first season at pasture. However, since 1993 adult animals appear to have become the predominant age group affected, in a period which has seen a marked increase in the levels of disease generally. These recent changes in the epidemiology of the disease suggest that it is necessary to re-evaluate the control measures adopted.

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