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Investigations on contagious ophthalmia of sheep, with special attention to the epidemiology of infection by Rickettsia conjunctivae



Investigations on contagious ophthalmia of sheep, with special attention to the epidemiology of infection by Rickettsia conjunctivae



Australian Vet Jour 18(4): 155-164



Although it has not been possible to prove that R. conjunctivae is the cause of contagious ophthalmia, the circumstantial evidence is so strong that it seems justifiable to accept its casual role. Contagious ophthalmia is unimportant except when it causes blindness sufficient to interfere with feeding. Vaccination is considered impractical and few sheep show any benefit from repeated applications of ZnSO4 soln.

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