Skip to navigation Skip to content
  • Cows

Lungworm Disease in Cattle

Summary written by Jacqui Matthews BVMS,PhD, DipEVPC, MRCVS
Taken from Moredun Foundation Newsheet Volume 3 No 5 (Nov 1999)

  • Lungworm (Dictyocaulus viviparus) is a parasitic nematode (roundworm) that nifects grazing cattle of all ages
  • Disease is usually seen mid-late summer
  • All animals remain susceptible to this parasite unnless immunized through natural pasture challenge or vaccination.
  • Outbreaks of this disease have increased over the last decade, largely through to a reduction in vaccine usage.
  • Clinical disease can be severe in all animals and, in adult cattle, can lead to substantial production losses.
  • Diagnosis is made on the basis of clinical signs and history. Where necessary, this can be suipplemented by laboratory methods.
  • Clinical lungworm disease is treated using modern anthelmintics
  • Lungworm can be controlled using anthelmintics or vaccination.
  • Vaccination is by far the best way of controlling lungworm disease in cattle

Not a Member?

Moredun membership allows you to keep up to date with the latest advances in livestock health. You can join or renew your Moredun membership online.

Not a Member?

Keep up to date with Moredun's latest research advances by becoming a member now. Join now

Members Only Area

Moredun members can access extra animal health information and technical newsheets.

Log In | Register

Search again?

To return to the disease summaries search page please click here

Want to know more?

The full newsheet can be ordered from the Moredun Foundation by using the following request form. The first newsheet title requested is free, further newsheet titles are charged at £5.00 per copy (including postage).

Printed from on 27/06/17 02:34:46 PM

Moredun is committed to promoting animal health and welfare through research and education and is recognized worldwide for its contribution to research into infectious diseases of farmed livestock.