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1 November 2014

Cattle

Bacterial Pneumonia in calves under six months old

Bacteria rather than viruses are the most commonly identified infectious cause of pneumonia outbreaks in calves under six months of age, according to an analysis of recent disease investigations submitted by vets from across the country.

Between 2011 and 2013, vets sent over 1000 samples to UK laboratories for pneumonia investigation. According to the data analysis, in calves under 6 months of age the bacterium M. haemolytica (previously known as Pasteurella haemolytica) was the most common pathogen implicated in the various disease outbreaks. It cropped up in around 30% of submitted samples.

BOVILIS® BOVIPAST RSP is the UK’s only combined bacterial and viral pneumonia vaccine and it can be administered to calves from approximately two weeks of age.