Missed cases cause fatal delays, NFU group discovers

November 2007
Farmers Weekly;11/23/2007, Vol. 147 Issue 21, p47
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This article states that misdiagnosis of bluetongue and delays in appropriate treatment can prove fatal for animals struck by the disease, with mortality rates peaking at over 60%, says National Farmers' Union (NFU) livestock adviser, Alastair Johnston. Secondary problems such as abortions and premature calves, combined with up to 100% infertility in breeding males, has also caused severe problems in French livestock production in 2007. It says that the amount of livestock, the local habitat and farm layout all contribute to the degree of infection.


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