Winter dysentery is an infectious disease that affects all ages of cattle. It is extremely infectious with up to 100% of cattle being affected, but death is very rare. Its cause is unknown but acoronavirus is the current favourite.
1) The disease may be brought on farm by outside personnel, such as veterinarians, consultants, hoof trimmers, and representatives. So ensure that such staff are clean prior to entry
2) Bought-in cattle are also an important source of disease
3) If an outbreak occurs, no cattle or unnecessary personnel should enter the farm and strict disinfection should occur before anybody leaves the farm
4) After an outbreak, herd immunity tends to reduce the risk of another outbreak for about five years
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