Patrick J O'Reilly

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A study was performed to investigate the genotypes and sub-groups of pestiviruses present in ruminants in Ireland. These comprised one ovine and eighteen bovine pestiviruses from Northern Ireland and six bovine pestiviruses from the Republic of Ireland. A 288 base pair (bp) portion of the 5'-non coding region (5'-NCR) from each of 25 pestiviruses collected(More)
: Sera from 1,448 adult ewes in 91 flocks, representing all 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland, were examined for pestivirus antibodies using a commercially available ELISA which detected IgG1 antibody to border disease virus. Eighty-one sheep (5.6%) in 42 flocks (46.0%) were antibody-positive. Within infected flocks, the mean seroprevalence level was(More)
An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed in a flock of sheep on a farm in the Cooley peninsula, County Louth, on March 22, 2001. The virus was similar to other viruses of the serotype O PanAsian strain and virtually indistinguishable from other isolates from Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The epidemiological evidence suggested that infected(More)
The authors outline the measures applied in Ireland to prevent the introduction of foot and mouth disease (FMD) from the United Kingdom, France and The Netherlands, to stamp out the disease in Ireland following confirmation of an outbreak on 22 March 2001 and to conduct serological surveillance in order to prove freedom from the disease. Successful control(More)
The ability of Haemophilus equigenitalis, the causal agent of contagious equine metritis 1977, to survive in various antibiotic-containing semen extenders was studied at different environmental temperatures. Gentamicin sulphate was found to be markedly superior to ampicillin or a combination of sodium benzyl penicillin and polymyxin B sulphate, Semen(More)