Epidemiology and management of a bovine brucellosis cluster in Northern Ireland

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Author(s)

  • D. A. Abernethy
  • J. Moscard-Costello
  • E. Dickson
  • R. Harwood
  • K. Burns
  • E. McKillop
  • S. McDowell

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-229
Journal / PublicationPreventive Veterinary Medicine
Volume98
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

An epidemiological investigation was undertaken of 41 bovine brucellosis outbreaks that occurred within a 10-month period, in a region where eradication measures appeared to be succeeding. The primary outbreak comprised three herds with significant within-herd spread and a high probability of multiple abortions. Direct contact between cattle at pasture was the most likely means of between-herd transmission for most (71%) outbreaks, with an attack rate of 28.1% in herds immediately neighbouring the primary outbreak herds and 11.3% in the next concentric ring of farms. Resolution of the incident was attributed to a rapid response by the veterinary authorities, detailed epidemiological investigations, repeated, prolonged testing of contact herds and employment of parallel testing. © 2010.

Research Area(s)

  • Bovine brucellosis, Brucella abortus, Epidemiology, Outbreak management

Citation Format(s)

Epidemiology and management of a bovine brucellosis cluster in Northern Ireland. / Abernethy, D. A.; Moscard-Costello, J.; Dickson, E. et al.
In: Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Vol. 98, No. 4, 01.03.2011, p. 223-229.

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