Written Answers. - Bacillary Haemoglobinuria.

Tony Gregory

Question:

126 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry if the source of the recent cases of bacillary haemoglobin urea on a farm (details supplied) in County Limerick where the disease had been unknown for four generations will be investigated. [3962/97]

Investigations have already been carried out by my Department's Veterinary Laboratory Service (VLS) in relation to two decomposed carcases suspected of bacillary haemoglobinuria (BHU) in the Limerick area. However, it was not possible to make a conclusive diagnosis owning to the degree of decomposition. There was not therefore a confirmation of BHU in either case. The herdowner has received appropriate veterinary advice from the VLS. The VLS is available to carry out any further necessary investigations at the request of either the landowner or his veterinary practitioner.

BHU of cattle has been known in the Munster area since the 1980s. In 1990 my Department issued a cattle disease alert about this condition. Farmers were advised that outbreaks of BHU were reported on farms in the Munster area.