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Albizia versicolor poisoning of sheep and goats in Malawi.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9284035     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A report is given of the 1st confirmed outbreak of Albizia versicolor poisoning in Malawi and the 1st natural outbreak reported in sheep and goats. Approximately 800 animals are estimated to have died over a 9-year period on a government farm near Lake Malawi. Deaths occurred exclusively from August to December when ripe dry pods that fell to the ground were ingested. The major clinical signs were hyperaesthesia, wild running, lateral recumbency with rapid leg movements, nystagmus and rapid blinking. Approximately 75% of clinical cases made a full and rapid recovery. Sheep more often showed signs of poisoning than goats which was attributed to inherent susceptibility rather than selective feeding. The majority of animals affected were under 1 year of age. A series of experiments was conducted and all animals dosed with 6.4 g/kg or more of dry pods died with typical clinical signs. Although A. versicolor is well known to the local population there appeared to be no appreciation of its toxicity. Poisonings are probably rare under traditional management systems.
A W Soldan; C van Inzen; R M Edelsten
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the South African Veterinary Association     Volume:  67     ISSN:  1019-9128     ISO Abbreviation:  J S Afr Vet Assoc     Publication Date:  1996 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-22     Completed Date:  1997-10-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503122     Medline TA:  J S Afr Vet Assoc     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  217-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Livestock Disease Evaluation Unit, Central Veterinary Laboratory, Lilonngwe, Malawi.
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MeSH Terms
Disease Outbreaks / veterinary*
Goat Diseases / mortality*,  pathology
Malawi / epidemiology
Plant Poisoning / mortality,  pathology,  veterinary*
Sheep Diseases / mortality*,  pathology
Time Factors

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