ABORTION in cattle is a significant cause of reproductive wastage and is of economic importance as a single abortion event in a dairy herd is estimated to cost £me abortions are due to infectious diseases, several of which are zoonotic. Sporadic abortions occur in any herd, but once the incidence exceeds 3 per cent, or several abortions occur in close succession, further investigations must be carried out to try to determine the cause so that control measures can be instigated. This article reviews the common causes of abortion in cattle and outlines an approach to the investigation of an abortion outbreak, describing the tests available for diagnosis.
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