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Vet Microbiol. 2015 Dec 14;181(1-2):154-60. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2015.08.006. Epub 2015 Aug 12.

Enteric viral infections in lambs or kids.

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Department of Veterinary Medicine, University Aldo Moro of Bari, Italy.
Department of Veterinary Medicine, University Aldo Moro of Bari, Italy,; Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Puglia and Basilicata, Foggia, Italy. Electronic address:


Diarrhoea in lambs and kids is often a complex, multi-factorial syndrome. Common infectious causes of diarrhoea in lambs and kids during the first month of life are of bacterial or parasite nature. However, despite appreciable improvements in management practices and prevention and treatment strategies over the last decades, diarrhoea is still a common and costly syndrome affecting newborn small ruminants. Recent advances in the diagnostics and metagenomic investigations of the enteric environment have allowed discovering a number of novel viruses, although their pathobiological properties remain largely unknown. Assessing more in depth the impact of these viruses on the health and productions of these livestock animals is necessary and requires the development of accurate diagnostic tools and updating of the diagnostic algorithms of enteric pathological conditions.


Diarrhoea; Enteritis; Goat; Kid; Lamb; Neonatal disease; Newborn; Sheep; Virus

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