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The Sheep Lungworm Protostrongylus brevispiculum in Great Britain

Naturevolume 180pages13721373 (1957) | Download Citation



DURING the past year observations have been made to assess the seasonal pattern of lungworm infection in a flock of sheep grazing on the Wiltshire Downs. In the course of the examination of fæcal samples from some of these animals first stage lungworm larvæ of an unusual type were encountered. A description of such larvæ could not be found in the literature. A search for the adults was, therefore, made. This proved to be more complex than had been anticipated as a number of lungworm species new to us were found. One of these has been identified as Protostrongylus brevispiculum, and the present record is thought to be the first of the occurrence of this lungworm in sheep in Great Britain.

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    Dougherty, E. C., and Goble, F. C., J. Parasit., 32, 7 (1946).

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  1. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge

    • J. H. ROSE
    •  & J. F. MICHEL
  2. Ministry of Supply, Porton Down, Salisbury

    • S. T. HARRISS


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