Anaemia and mortality in calves infested with the long-nosed sucking louse (Linognathus vituli)

A. Otter, D. F. Twomey, T. R. Crawshaw, P. Bates

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    Abstract

    Young calves which died on three dairy farms in England and Wales had generalised pallor and heavy infestations of the long-nosed sucking louse, Linognothus vituli. Surviving calves had packed-cell volumes, haemoglobin concentrations and red blood cell counts below the reference ranges, consistent with anaemia, and they were also heavily infested with lice. No other causes of anaemia were identified. It is proposed that heavy infestations with L vituli should be considered when investigating the cause of anaemia in calves.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)176-179
    Number of pages4
    JournalVeterinary Record
    Volume153
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 09 Aug 2003

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