Pestivirus

Pestivirus is an infection that can lead to severe loss of stock.

Pestivirus can cause a wide range of signs depending on their age or stage of pregnancy when they were exposed.
Signs include:
- Diarrhoea
- Chronic wasting
- Respiratory signs
- Temporary infertility
- Foetal defects
- Stillbirths
- Immune suppression triggering a wide range of other diseases

Exposed foetus' may be malformed or weak when born & die. They will have a very poor immune system & contract a wide range of diseases. Some develop mouth ulcers & diarrhoea.

Treatment:
Treatment of the symptoms of the presenting infection is all you can do. Persistently treating ill calves is not recommended as the disease is incurable.

Prevention:
Vaccination is strongly recommended before joining breeders.
Testing is also now more popular to rule out infected animals.