Ladies who lamb

With Lambing season getting underway in the area this is a timely reminder to all pregnant women who might come into contact with sheep.

Pregnant women are reminded that they should avoid close contact with sheep during the lambing season as any contact may risk harming both their own health and that of their unborn child.
This is because infections such as chlamydiosis (enzootic abortion of ewes or EAE), toxoplasmosis and listeriosis – all common causes of abortion in ewes
– can be passed on to pregnant woman.

Women at risk are advised:

  • Not to help lamb or milk ewes.
  • Avoid contact with aborted or new-born lambs or with
  • the afterbirth.
  • Wherever possible avoid handling clothing, boots, etc, which have come into contact with ewes or lambs or, if they must, wear rubber gloves.

Although the numbers of reported infections and human miscarriages resulting from contact with sheep is extremely small, pregnant women need to be aware of the potential risks.

This is well known in farming circles, but its always good to be reminded for everyone’s safety.

More information and advice can be found at:

March 29, 2010   Posted in: Agriculture, Community, health

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