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Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:03 pm Post subject: good point
hmmm.... it is a really good question.... i have to admit that we dont have any good medicine for this. we can only use some relaxant agents such as xylazyn (0.1 ml/kg./ i.m.) also we recommend to the pet owners fuse shape of it so they can use it for their pets when illness attacs. if there is anyone who have any medicine idea i ll be glad to know.
Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:49 am Post subject: blue tongue
Farmers reeling from foot and mouth are facing a deadly new threat after bluetongue virus was diagnosed in a cow.
Highland heifer Debbie - star attraction at a rare breeds farm - has been put down to stop the disease from spreading.
She was regularly petted and fed by children, although officials insist the bug cannot be passed to humans. The farm's leaflet says: "Debbie will stick her tongue out and wait for you to put food on to it."
Bluetongue, a blood-borne virus spread by midges, originated in South Africa and is rampant on the Continent.
But it is the first case to hit Britain. Sheep, goats and deer are also vulnerable but animals cannot infect each other.
The bug can also cause long-term damage, such as a reduction in meat and wool production.
It is believed infected midges might have been blown over from the Continent by easterly winds.
Last night the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs insisted: "It does not affect humans in any way. Children who might have come into contact with this cow are at no risk."
Defra said the outbreak at Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm, near Ipswich, was being treated as an isolated case.
No extra curbs have been placed around the farm, which is subject to the movement restrictions for foot and mouth disease affecting all livestock. The Defra spokeswoman added: "We are testing midges in the area to find out if they are carrying the disease. Once those tests have been complete we will then address the question of restrictions."
Former RAF pilot Richard Storer, who runs the farm, said: "The future is hopeful and we are grateful that we have not had to endure the terrible trauma that farmers in Surrey must be going through."
National Farmers' Union president Peter Kendall said: "I'm quite optimistic that this can be treated as an isolated case.
"These midges aren't as active as they would have been three months ago."
Q: What is bluetongue?
A: A non-contagious virus spread by midges.
Q: Which animals are at risk?
A: Cattle, goats, deer and sheep. It's generally worst in sheep where 70 per cent can die.
Q: The symptoms are?
A: Fever, salivation, swelling of head and neck, lameness...and discolouration of tongue.
Q: Can we get it?
A: No, it does not affect humans. And it cannot be transmitted directly between animals.
Q: How is it spread?
A: A midge bites an infected animal then passes it on by biting an uninfected one.
Q: How far can midges travel?
A: Around a mile a day. But winds can carry them further - up to 120 miles - over water.
Q: Will animals be culled?
A: Defra says compulsory slaughter is not normally carried out.
Q: Where has the disease been found?
A: In most countries in the tropics and subtropics.
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