Salmonellosis (S. abortusovis)

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Disease name Salmonellosis (S. abortusovis)
Animal Health Law Category if applicable N/A
Species affected Ovine
Description Salmonella abortusovis primarily infects sheep. Infections can cause abortion storms when the organism is newly introduced into a flock; where this organism is endemic, sporadic abortions occur in young and newly introduced animals. Economic losses result mainly from abortions, stillbirths, and illness in lambs infected at birth. Occasionally, ewes develop metritis and septicemia. Salmonella abortusovis is adapted to sheep and considered to be host specific; however according to the technical sheet for the disease The Centre for food safety and Public Health (Iowa State University) there has been a few reports in goats with dogs rabbits and rats all indicated as hosts in older reports.
Status in Ireland Absent
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland 2009
DAFM Division Responsible Ruminant Animal Health/ERAD Division
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Notifiable in Ireland No
WOAH Listed Yes