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Imported Sheep Likely Cause of Virulent Norwegian Footrot

20 October 2014

NORWAY – Norway’s first cases of virulent footrot in 60 years should be blamed on imported stock coming into the country’s southern ports, a new thesis suggests.

The study looked at bacterial presence across the country from 2008 to 2011, with virulent strains only found in Rogaland, the country’s south west region.

Dr Marianne Gilhuus

This ‘confirmed the suspicion’ that outbreaks were caused by recent imports to the Rogaland region, an area of a long coastline and many fjords and ports.

Dr Marianne Gilhuus of the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, who conducted the study, also found virulent strains in the south east region of Aust-Agder in 2013.

Further Danish evidence agrees with this finding. 

The paper "An outbreak of ovine footrot in Norway - Genotypic and phenotypic investigations of Dichelobacter nodosus was defended earlier this month.

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