Story: Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer

Lungworm infestation

Lungworm infestation

Lungworms infect several types of animals. The worms irritate the linings of air passages and cause coughing, which is most noticeable in sheep. It can also cause weight loss. Lungworm can be treated by drenching. Here, the lungworm Dictyocaulus filaria is shown in part of a lamb’s lung.

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Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University
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Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, 'Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer - Sheep diseases: worms, scab and anthrax', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, published 24 Nov 2008