Veterinary Research Communications

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 113–117 | Cite as

Examination of possible transmission of sheep scab mitePsoroptes ovis between host species

  • D. J. O'Brien
  • J. S. Gray
  • P. F. O'Reilly


Examination of possible transmission of the Irish strain of the sheep scab mite (Psoroptes ovis) of ovine origin between host species involved calves and goats being placed with infected sheep and also directly challenged with live mites. Although mites remained on recipient species for up to a week, they failed to produce disease in either of these species. Calves and goats that had live mites placed on them likewise failed to infect sheep with which they were housed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. O'Brien
    • 1
  • J. S. Gray
    • 2
  • P. F. O'Reilly
    • 1
  1. 1.Veterinary Research Laboratory, AbbotstownDublin 15
  2. 2.Environmental Resource ManagementUniversity College, Dublin, BelfieldDublin 4Eire

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