Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae has long been associated with respiratory disease in young sheep and goats. Here, the authors present evidence that it may be a cause of a coughing syndrome and ill thrift in young and, unusually, older Swaledale ewes on a hill farm in northern England. M. ovipneumoniae was detected in nasal swabs of a majority of affected lambs and ewes, many of which were also seropositive. Postmortem examination of a severely affected seropositive ewe revealed gross and histopathological lesions suggestive of mycoplasma infection, from which M. ovipneumoniae was isolated as well as secondary bacterial pathogens.
- Atypical pneumonia
- ill thrift
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