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Acta Vet Scand. 1993;34(1):45-52.

Tick-borne fever in lambs of different ages.

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State Veterinary Research Station for Small Ruminants, Sandnes, Norway.


Four groups of lambs aged 1 week, 4 weeks, 1/2 year and 1 year old respectively were inoculated with Ehrlichia phagocytophila infected blood. Clinical signs, temperature reactions, haematological changes and parasitaemia were more moderate in lambs inoculated with E. phagocytophila at the age of 1 week than those recorded in the older animals. The clinical response to tick-borne fever (TBF) appears to be more severe with increasing age of the lambs. The lymphocyte reactivity to mitogens was reduced in the TBF infected lambs, and was most pronounced in lambs in the 3 older age groups.

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