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Farm Animal Practice
Abortion in sheep 2. Other common and exotic causes
  1. Rebecca Mearns

    Rebecca Mearns graduated from Cambridge in 1998, and spent three years in mixed practice before undertaking a placement with Voluntary Service Overseas as a vet for the Malawi Government. On her return to the UK, she continued in mixed practice in Cumbria, gaining the RCVS certificate in sheep health and production in 2004. Following two years as a veterinary investigation officer for the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) in Edinburgh, she now works for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) at the Penrith regional laboratory.


THIS is the second of two articles on abortion in sheep. Part 1 discussed the investigation of abortion outbreaks and reviewed the three most common infectious causes of ovine abortion in the UK, namely, Chlamydophila abortus (the agent of enzootic abortion of ewes), Toxoplasma gondii and Campylobacter species (In Practice, January 2007, volume 29, pp 40–46). This article focuses on other common infectious causes of abortion in sheep, as well as exotic diseases that could pose an abortion risk to UK flocks.

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