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Ridgeway is sad to hear some news that one of its close associates has passed away recently. Peter has been linked with Ridgway for over 10 years and helped on a number projects, most recently as part of our QA team. He will be sorely missed.
Our Laboratory identified some rabbit fleas [Spilopsyllus cuniculi] this week. Rabbit fleas transmit Myxomatosis so just be vigilant and take care to keep pet rabbit runs away from wild rabbit colonies. Please get in touch if you have any parasite identification needs!
Keep an eye out for black flies (Simulium species) attacking horses and donkeys. The images show black flies collected on a cellotape strip taken from inside a donkey’s ear. The flies were blood sucking and causing dermatitis. If you have any parasites that need identifiying please contact us and we will be happy to asssit you.
New for 2019, Ridgeway Research are now offering three strains of Triclabendazole resistant Liver Fluke. The three strains from Kilmarnock, Stornoway and Penrith have been Fully Profiled and proven to be resistant to Triclabendazole. The strains were only isolated in 2017 and since then have been passaged twice in ovine. We have a limited quantity available so please, if you are interested please contact us soon as possible to avoid missing out.
With heavy eyes and very full suitcases we started off for Bristol airport in the early hours. After pretty much a full day of travelling, sleeping, and planning we finally arrived in Kampala, with our PATH associates. We travelled to the hotel and settled down for (what was left of) the night. The next day consisted of getting some local Ugandan shillings, going to a local market and purchasing some local clothes and gifts and a lengthy working lunch/planning session…
Liver Fluke update With recent high rainfall to the West of Britain in 2017, there is a high risk of liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) according to the National Animal Disease Information Service (http://www.nadis.org.uk/parasite-forecast.aspx). Colin Capner a recent addition to the staff at Ridgeway Research attended London Vet Show (LVS) during November where there were discussions on a wide variety of veterinary related topics including liver fluke control in sheep. As increasing numbers of vets and farmers experience concerns around possible…