NEUROLOGIC DISEASE OF SHEEP ATTRIBUTED TO CISTACEAE, CISTUS, POISONING
 
Description    Neurologic signs following disturbance or stress in sheep has been attributed to grazing of bushy, perennial range plants of the family CISTACEAE that grow in the Mediterranean region. When the disturbance ceases affected sheep recover within a few minutes, but morbidity and case fatality rates were nonetheless high. Subcutaneous edema and abortion were occasionally seen.
 
Species   Ovine
 
Signs   Abortion or weak newborns, Ataxia, Dysmetria, Dysuria, Head, face, ears, jaw, nose, nasal, swelling, Opisthotonus, Polyuria, Seizures or syncope, Skin edema, Trembling, Tremor, Underweight, poor condition, thin, emaciated, unthriftiness, ill thrift, Weight loss
 
References   Ligios C. Clinicopathological findings in sheep from Sardinia showing neurological signs of disease. Vet Rec 2004;154:365 [Web Reference]
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