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Title: 
Malignant catharral fever: a wolf in sheep’s clothing
Author(s): 
B. PARDON, H. NOLLET, S. MAES, P. DEPREZ
Abstract: 

During recent years an increasing number of outbreaks of Malignant Catharral Fever (MCF) in cattle hasbeen reported in several European countries. The clinical picture also seems to be changing: the disease usedto be characterized by a low morbidity and a high mortality, but large outbreaks with high morbidity and highmortality have recently been reported in several European countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands.This evolution implies that MCF becomes increasingly an economically important disease. In this article anoverview is presented on the current knowledge on MCF with emphasis on epidemiology, diagnosis and preventivemeasures. Due to the high seroprevalence in adult sheep and the absence of protective vaccines forcattle, the conclusion of this review is that at this moment prevention of MCF in cattle mainly depends on thestringent avoidance of all contacts between sheep and cattle.

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