Sheep warning for pregnant women

PREGNANT women in Suffolk are today being advised to avoid close contact with sheep during the lambing season.Women who come into close contact with sheep during lambing may risk their own health and that of their unborn child, from infections that can occur in some ewes.

PREGNANT women in Suffolk are today being advised to avoid close contact with sheep during the lambing season.

Women who come into close contact with sheep during lambing may risk their own health and that of their unborn child, from infections that can occur in some ewes, Department of Health experts have warned.

Although the number of reports of human miscarriages resulting from contact with sheep is extremely small, pregnant women are advised that they should not help to lamb or milk ewes, avoid contact with aborted or new-born lambs or with the afterbirth, and avoid handling clothing or boots which have come into contact with ewes or lambs.

They should seek medical advice if they experience fever or influenza-like symptoms.

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