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Rutland Water

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will make a statement on the findings of his departmental veterinary service into the deaths of animals connected with Rutland Water in the weeks up to 8 September.

Ten dead lambs and two dogs were examined by Ministry veterinary investigation centres in the period from 21 August to 7 September. Tissue samples were also examined at the university of Dundee. There is evidence that some of the sheep were suffering from relatively common diseases, such as pulpy kidney and pasteurella. However, results show that some of the sheep deaths and that of both dogs may be linked to the ingestion of blue green algal toxins.