- 29 Oct 2018
Contagious bovine pleuro-pneumonia (CBPP) affects cattle. Humans aren’t affected.
Infected cattle have difficulty breathing. Other symptoms include:
- dry husky cough, especially when the animal first gets on its feet or is made to run
- grunting or signs of pain if pressure applied to the ribs
- nasal discharges
In severe cases the animal’s breathing is rapid, movement of the sides is increased and animals stand with feet wide apart to aid breathing.
Some animals may die. Others appear to recover but can remain infectious for up to three years.
How contagious bovine pleuro-pneumonia is spread
CBPP is spread by direct contact with an infected animal, through infected droplets in the breath.
Human health implications
There are no human health implications because the disease is not zoonotic.
How to control the disease
An outbreak will be controlled in line with the contingency framework for exotic notifiable animal diseases.
CBPP is also covered by EU Directive 82/894
Biosecurity is about being aware of the ways disease can spread and taking every practical measure to minimise the risk of disease spreading. The advice details practical things you can do on your farm to help prevent the introduction and spread of CBPP to and from your animals.
If you suspect signs of any notifiable diseases, you must immediately notify your Scotland: field service local office at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). Failure to do so is an offence.