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Miscellaneous and exotic farmed disease surveillance

If you have found something new, unusual, severe, or unresponsive in relation to miscellanous and exotic farmed diseases, please contact the MEFS veterinary lead or your nearest Veterinary Investigation Centre.

Please note: if you suspect a notifiable disease you must contact APHA immediately.

Miscellaneous and Exotic Farmed Species Expert Group (MEFS) veterinary lead

Alan WightThe MEFS veterinary lead is Alan Wight (03000 600020).

Alan Wight qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1979 and spent 25 years in mixed general practice predominantly on the Sussex/Hampshire border of England. In 2004, following a career-long interest in pathology, he joined the Animal and Plant Health Agency as a Veterinary Investigation Officer and is currently based at Starcross Veterinary Investigation Centre. His main duties consist of post mortem examination of farmed animals and disease investigations, including zoonotic disease investigations.

Miscellaneous and Exotic Farmed species includes those farmed species which fall outside the other five Species Expert Groups, such as camelids, deer and rabbits..

MEFS surveillance reports

The MEFS Expert Group contributes interesting and unusual cases, highlights disease alerts or findings and provides focus articles relating to miscellaneous and exotic farmed species for the APHA Veterinary Record monthly disease surveillance report. These are compiled together with contributions from other Species Expert groups.

Quarterly GB MEFS Disease Surveillance and Emerging Threats reports summarise investigations into threats and other surveillance issues to inform governments, the veterinary profession and livestock farming industries of new or re-emerging threats to cattle health or changing trends among existing ones.

Recent Interesting Cases

GB exotic and farmed species quarterly report: disease surveillance and emerging threats – October-December 2019

  • Involvement of Parainfluenza PI3 in pneumonia in farmed deer

GB exotic and farmed species quarterly report: disease surveillance and emerging threats – July-September 2019

  • Myocardial necrosis and mineralisation in an alpaca
  • Delayed swayback in a red deer fawn

GB exotic and farmed species disease quarterly report: disease surveillance and emerging threats – April to June 2019

  • Hepatic lipidosis in an alpaca herd
  • MERS-CoV survey of camels/camelids in Israel
  • Hypoderma diana in an alpaca

GB exotic and farmed species disease quarterly report: disease surveillance and emerging threats – January- March 2019

  • Malignant catarrhal fever outbreak in red deer
  • Novel adenovirus in a reindeer
  • First case of chronic wasting disease in Sweden

Disease information

Information notes and alerts on specific diseases or conditions:

Further information (external links)