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Brucella bacteria are responsible for this disease. Sheep may get the disease by ingesting the bacteria from infected feed and water or by inhaling dust or droplets contaminated by the bacteria. The semen of affected rams act as a probable route of transmission to ewes during breeding.
Ovine and caprine brucellosis is characterised by:
Late abortions (2months)
Placentitis (more common in cows)
Orchitis in males
Lameness and hygroma (more common in goats)
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