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    Photos of suspected TB in deer

    Had a busy week assisting friends with culls when suddenly two suspected cases of TB turn up. First was a Red hind in Devon in really poor condition. It was an evening stalk and she was out early, which is abnormal behaviour for this area.

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    There were enlarged lymph nodes and abscesses throughout the carcass. The mesenteric lymph nodes were larger than golf balls and very obvious.

    The second was a Fallow pricket in Gloucestershire which was on its own. The animal initially looked ok but but on closer inspection was a bit underweight. Again there were abscesses and enlarged lymph nodes throughout the carcass.

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    2teal

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    Glad you posted these after last night's curry and not before!

    Always useful to see real examples of the symptoms
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    So as a matter of interest, have you sent it for tests?

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    Not a surprise in some parts of Devon.
    What did the vet say, they should be getting more used to dealing with this these days.
    Cheers
    Richard

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    What's the routine if TB is found in deer on a cattle farm, what happens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodp View Post
    What's the routine if TB is found in deer on a cattle farm, what happens?
    Same as if it's found on a farm that doesn't have livestock, you ring the vet.
    If it's found to be TB, or even suspected, the farm does not go under any restriction, why? Because deer are wild.
    On a deer farm, well that's different.
    Cheers
    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by devon deer stalker View Post
    Same as if it's found on a farm that doesn't have livestock, you ring the vet.
    If it's found to be TB, or even suspected, the farm does not go under any restriction, why? Because deer are wild.
    On a deer farm, well that's different.
    Cheers
    Richard

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    Thanks very much for sharing. I did DSC1 2-years ago and have only taken a handful of (completely healthy) deer since. As Dom said, it's very helpful indeed to see some real examples, to help know what to look for.
    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by devon deer stalker View Post
    Not a surprise in some parts of Devon.
    What did the vet say, they should be getting more used to dealing with this these days.
    Cheers
    Richard
    Hi Richard,
    I know the land owner / occupier were informed in each case and believe the AHVLA have been informed, but have no details.

    The main reason for my post was to show people photos of what can be found when performing the postmortem inspection.

    2teal

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    Excellent example. Thanks for sharing.
    Quid enim proderit Homini si lucretur Mundum totum et detrimentum faciat Animae suae?

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