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Insect Bites

See chapter 11 (Flies) for further information.

(468) Skin damage associated with biting insects is surprisingly common particularly in the summer months and more so where farrowing house floors are slatted. The lesions appear as small red pimples that can look very similar to the allergic form of mange but tend to be localised behind the shoulders and the flanks where biting flies gain access through slatted floors from the slurry. Sometimes it is necessary to take skin scrapings to eliminate mange particularly in herds that are monitored and believed free of the mite.

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