20171005 IBR Information Leaflet (Branding updated)

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IBR An information leaflet for Irish farmers

Vaccination is a key part of many control programmes for IBR


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IBR (infectious bovine rhinotracheitis) • is caused by a herpesvirus (Bovine Herpes Virus-1 (BoHV-1)) also known as IBRV (IBR virus) • virus is spread mainly by close contact between animals • airborne spread of virus may occur over distances of up to 5m • may also be spread by semen from infected bulls, using contaminated equipment and by people who have recently handled infected animals. In this document we will refer to any infection with Bovine Herpes Virus-1 as IBR, even though some infections are not associated with obvious respiratory disease. Infections with IBR result in losses in production, animal welfare issues, potential trade barriers and reduction of the genetic pool available to AI stations. Clinical signs associated with (but not unique to) IBR: • Dullness and reduced appetite • High body temperature • Rapid and loud breathing, sometimes with coughing • Inflammation inside the nose and in the pink of the eye (conjunctiva) or less commonly on the lining of male or female reproductive tracts • Fluid discharge from nose and eyes • Inflammation of the throat (pharyngitis ) • Sudden reduced milk production, abortion, nervous signs (normally only in young calves). Note that some infections may be subclinical i.e. show no obvious signs of disease but impact on production. IBR in the herd

Introduction of ‘apparently healthy’ but latently infected carrier animals is the most common way of introducing the virus to a herd. Latently infected animals have been previously infected with IBR, recovered from the disease but remain carriers for life. During periods of stress the virus can be reactivated and these animals will then spread the virus to susceptible comrades. These in turn will become latently infected when they recover from the disease. The IBR virus then persists within the herd by way of latently infected carrier animals.


The discoloured, thickened and uneven lining of the trachea of an animal that has died from IBR. The inside of a healthy trachea should be smooth and a light pink colour.

This cycle allows the virus to remain indefinitely within a herd. Figure 1 illustrates how latently infected animals spread infection to susceptible animals in a herd.


IBR - An information leaflet for Irish farmers

Figure 1: Spread of IBRV within a herd following reactivation and shedding of virus from carrier animals.

‘Apparently’ healthy latently infected carriers (antibody test positive)


Newly infected animals

What should I do about IBR? Dealing with IBR usually requires a long term approach working closely with your own veterinary practitioner. If uncontrolled, IBR usually persists indefinitely in a herd (because all infected animals become ‘latent carriers’ for life). Latently infected animals are almost always detectable by antibody testing. However, some animals (younger animals with maternally derived antibodies and vaccinated animals) may be antibody positive without having been infected and farmers should review all test results with their own veterinary practitioner. Other sources of infection such as introduced animals or neighbouring stockmust also be consideredwhen formulating a control plan for IBR.

‘Apparently healthy’ animals can in fact be latently infected carriers making IBR control difficult. One of these animals is a latently infected carrier.


IBR - An information leaflet for Irish farmers

There are four key steps to the herd’s control programme:





See the full AHI Information leaflet for more detailed information on each of these steps.

Vaccination Vaccination will be an important component of many control programmes. All vaccines licenced for use in Ireland are “marker” vaccines. Using the appropriate (gE) test, it is possible to distinguish infected from vaccinated animals, allowing the success of a control plan to be monitored. Marker vaccines may contain either live or dead (inactivated) vaccine virus. Decisions on vaccination strategies should be made in conjunction with your own veterinary practitioner. Note: Vaccinating an animal already infected with IBR will not remove an established latent infection. IBR in herds that breed bulls for A.I. and semen collection centres

Control of IBR in herds aiming to send bulls to semen collection centres requires additional careful planning and should be discussed in detail with the herd’s veterinary practitioner. This leaflet is an extract from the AHI IBR Information leaflet for farmers, advisors and vets which is available at www.animalhealthireland.ie.

Animals that have antibodies following infection or vaccination (with conventional or marker vaccines) against IBR cannot enter semen collection centres in Ireland

TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP Michael Gunn (Chairperson), Stephen Conroy -ICBF, Doreen Corridan - Munster AI, Bosco Cowley - MSD Animal Health, Bernard Eivers - NCBC, Tim Geraghty - University of Glasgow, David Graham - AHI, Maria Guelbenzu - AFBI, Donal Lynch - Veterinary Ireland, Shane McElroy - Glanbia, John Melville - DAFM, Mary Newman - Zoetis, Ronan O’Neill - CVRL DAFM. Riona Sayers - Teagasc. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY All images contained in this leaflet are the property of AHI, or have been included with the permission of the owner. Please seek permission from AHI if you wish to use these images and provide the correct attribution of ownership when reproducing them. If reusing any other material in this leaflet, please attribute AHI as the source. IMPORTANT NOTICE - DISCLAIMER This leaflet is issued and shall be read only on the basis that it will not relied upon by any person as a basis for any act or omission or otherwise without obtaining professional veterinary and health and safety verification and advice and that no liability or responsibility to any person is accepted or shall be incurred, and no recourse or claim by any person will be made, by or against AHI,any stakeholder, collaborator, officer, agent, subcontractor or employee of AHI, any member of the Technical Working Group, any contributor to, author, publisher, distributor, reviewer, compiler or promoter of or any other person in respect of or in connection with the leaflet or the contents thereof or any matter omitted therefrom.

TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP RAPPORTEUR Fionnuala Malone , Animal Health Ireland PEER REVIEW BY Dr Malcolm Banks, formerly OIE IBR expert at AHVLA, UK, Dr Peter Nettleton, MBE MSc PhD BVMS MRCVS Veterinary Virologist, UK. No representation or guarantee is given, whether by AHI or any other such person, that the contents of this information leaflet are comprehensive, up to date, or free from error or omissions, nor that the advice provided is appropriate in every particular circumstance. The contents of this information leaflet are not intended to be a substitute for appropriate direct advice from your veterinary practitioner. Appropriate veterinary and health and safety advice should be taken before taking or refraining from taking action in relation to the animal disease dealt with in this information leaflet. The contents of this leaflet may be updated, corrected, varied or superseded from to time by later publications or material on the AHI website and reference should be made to that website accordingly. Any references in this booklet or links in the AHI website to external websites or other resources are provided for convenience only and the contents thereof are not to be considered as endorsed thereby.

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