- Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease in the intestinal tract. The parasite, coccidian, attaches to the epithelia lining in the intestines.
- Coccidia infects a variety of animals and there are many different species of coccidia. Two of these forms are believed to affect sheep.
- Coccidia is transmitted orally.
- It is directly related to contamination of lambing areas and pastures with coccidia eggs present.
- It is most common in lambs 3 – 6 weeks old that are infected right after birth.
- It also has a seasonal affect being more common in the wet winter months.
- The infection can occur from residual contamination of the environment or from parasites being shed by ewes.
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