December 16, 2011

Lots of ways to skin a cat?

From: MMWR (CDC) []
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 11:10 AM

Subject: MMWR: Campylobacter associated with sheep castration

"During June, both patients(2) had participated in a multiday event to castrate and dock tails of 1,600 lambs.

Both men reported having used their teeth to castrate some of the lambs.

Among the 12 persons who participated in the event, the two patients are the only two known to have used their teeth to castrate lambs. During the multiday event, a few lambs reportedly had a mild diarrheal illness."

They were able to isolate the same strain of C. jejuni from a sick lamb during the investigation.

The CDC recommended: "Ranch owners and employees were advised to use standardized, age-specific techniques for lamb castration (e.g., Burdizzo, rubber rings, or surgery)..."