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louping ill

[lou-ping, loh-, loo-] /ˈlaʊ pɪŋ, ˈloʊ-, ˈlu-/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
1.
an acute viral disease of sheep affecting the nervous system, transmitted by a tick.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; see loup2
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British Dictionary definitions for louping ill

louping ill

/ˈlaʊpɪŋ; ˈləʊ-/
noun
1.
a viral disease of sheep causing muscular twitching and partial paralysis: transmitted by the bite of an infected tick (Ixodes ricinus)
Word Origin
C18 louping, from loup²
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Encyclopedia Article for louping ill

viral disease mainly of sheep, causing inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. It is transmitted by bites of the castor-bean tick, species Ixodes ricinus. The disease is most common in northern England and Scotland and is called louping (or leaping) ill because infected sheep leap about. Other mammals, including humans, are susceptible, as are woodland birds. There is no specific treatment, but vaccines confer immunity

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