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Last Modified: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:37:01 IST
Disease name
Species affected
Multiple(not specified)
Heartwater (also known as cowdriosis) is an acute, fatal, non-contagious, infectious, tick-borne rickettsial disease of ruminants caused by Ehrlichia ruminantium (formerly Cowdria ruminantium) and transmitted by Amblyomma ticks. It occurs in nearly all sub-Saharan countries of Africa, in its neighbouring islands, and also in the Caribbean, threatening the American mainland. The disease can cause high mortality (up to 90%) in susceptible domestic ruminants. Goats and sheep are more susceptible than cattle, and European breeds are generally more susceptible than indigenousAfrican breeds.
Status in Ireland
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland
DAFM Division Responsible
RVL Division
Micheál Casey SSRO
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