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Pregnant women lambing warning.

Seasonal reminders for pregnant women to avoid close contact with sheep during the lambing season have been issued by the Department of Health, Defra, and the Health and Safety Executive.

Pregnant women should be aware of the potential risk to themselves and their unborn child of infections including chlamydiosis or enzootic abortion of ewes, toxoplasmosis and listeriosis, and are advised not to help to lamb or milk ewes, avoid contact with aborted or new-born lambs or the afterbirth and avoid handling anything that has come into contact with ewes or lambs.

They should seek medical advice if they experience fever or influenza-like symptoms, or if concerned that they could have acquired infection from a farm environment.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 13, 2005
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