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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

MEFS veterinary lead - Amanda CarsonThe MEFS veterinary lead is Amanda Carson (0790953222).

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

The MEFS is included as a subsection within the Small Ruminant Expert Group.

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 Diseases 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.

Interesting cases from reports in 2017 and 2018

GB emerging threats: exotic and farmed species report

Quarterly highlights

January to March 2017

  • Endocarditis and concurrent fasciolosis in alpacas
  • Analysis of Reindeer submissions from 01/04/16 to 31/03/17
  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) update – Norway’s proposed management plans
  • Chronic Wasting disease (CWD) Research Project

April to June 2017

  • Haemonchosis alert in camelids
  • Unusual soft tissue sarcoma in alpaca
  • Suspect Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in reindeer
  • Chronic Wasting Disease Update In Norway  
  • Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease In Cervids In Oregon, USA

July to September 2017

  • Systemic candidiasis in an alpaca
  • Endoparasitism in South American Camelids
  • Systemic Streptococcal infection in alpaca
  • Enclosed and captive deer survey 2017
  • Adenovirus haemorrhagic disease (AHD) in cervids in Washington State USA
  • Update on Chronic Wasting Disease
October to December 2017
  • Choke in an alpaca cria
  • Lungworm
  • Hepatic lipidosis and encephalopathy in an alpaca
  • EFSA Scientific opinion on chronic wasting disease test validity
January to March 2018
  • Aberrant fluke in an alpaca lung
  • Chondrosarcoma in a llama
  • First case of Chronic Wasting Disease in European Union
  • Emerging ‘Camel Prion Disease’ in Algeria

Disease information

Information notes and alerts on specific diseases or conditions:

Further information (external links)