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Res Vet Sci. 2009 Aug;87(1):39-40. doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2009.01.002. Epub 2009 Feb 23.

Effect of the bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) infection on dairy calf rearing.

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  • 1Epidemiology and Animal Health Unit, Institute of Food Analysis and Research, Santiago de Compostela University, Campus Universitario s/n, 27002 Lugo, Spain.


The aim of this study was to compare the cumulative incidence of mortality, clinical diarrhoea and respiratory disease in calves, during their first six months of age, in herds with different bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) infection status. Calves' health indicators were tested by comparing proportions in 101 farms with dissimilar infection condition. The results indicate that there was a significant relationship between the BVDV status (actively infected herd or not) and the cumulative incidence of mortality and respiratory disorders.

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