Signs Of Bluetongue In Sheep

In September bluetongue was detected in British livestock.

The signs of bluetongue in sheep are;

  • Eye and nasal discharges.
  • Drooling as a result of ulcers in the mouth.
  • High body temperature.
  • Swelling of the mouth, head and neck.
  • Lameness.
  • Tiredness.
  • Fever.
  • Haemorrhages into or under the skin.
  • Inflammation at the junction of the skin and the horn of the foot.
  • Respiratory problems – difficulty with breathing and nasal discharge.
  • A blue tongue is rarely a clinical sign of infection.
  • Deaths of sheep in a flock may reach as high as 70 per cent.
  • Animals that survive the disease can lose condition with a reduction in meat and wool production.

Source Defra.

For more detailed information visit the Defra website.

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