Assessment of current knowledge of footrot in sheep with particular reference to Dichelobacter nodosus and implications for elimination or control strategies for sheep in Great Britain

Vet J. 2008 Feb;175(2):173-80. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2007.01.014. Epub 2007 Apr 5.


A brief summary of the currently accepted aetiology and pathogenesis of footrot and interdigital dermatitis in sheep in Great Britain is presented together with a description of the transmission dynamics of Dichelobacter nodosus. Approaches that may be successful for control or elimination of the disease are proposed and areas of uncertainty in current knowledge highlighted. Research and practice in Great Britain is compared with that from other countries and the proposal made that the environment and/or carrier (non-diseased) sheep may assist persistence of footrot.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dichelobacter nodosus*
  • Foot Rot / epidemiology
  • Foot Rot / microbiology*
  • Foot Rot / prevention & control
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / epidemiology
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / microbiology
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / prevention & control
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / veterinary*
  • Sheep
  • Sheep Diseases / epidemiology
  • Sheep Diseases / microbiology*
  • Sheep Diseases / prevention & control
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology