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Scotland at Very High Liver Fluke Risk

04 September 2015

UK - Wet and mild weather means Scottish livestock farmers are at the greatest risk from liver fluke in the UK.

Drawing on weather data from the mid-summer, the National Animal Disease Information Service has put Scotland at “very high risk”.

Western areas, including Wales and Western and South West England are “high risk”, while areas further east and currently considered low risk.

“We are able to make, at this stage, a provisional liver fluke forecast based on the data that we currently have,” said sheep veterinarian, Peers Davies, University of Nottingham.

“This will be refined as we have all the data from August and September, making the forecast more reliable”.

He explained that wetter conditions allow the fluke’s life cycle to progress faster, allowing greater infectious burden to build up on pasture.

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