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Preliminary studies on the prevalence of Mycoplasma bovis mastitis in dairy cattle in Australia

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Ghadersohi, A., Hirst, R.G., Forbes-Faulkener, J. and Coelen, R.J. (1999) Preliminary studies on the prevalence of Mycoplasma bovis mastitis in dairy cattle in Australia. Veterinary Microbiology, 65 (3). pp. 185-194. ISSN 0378-1135

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-1135(98)00297-1


A highly sensitive and specific PCR (MB-PCR) was used in preliminary studies to detect M. bovis in milk samples to investigate its association with high somatic cell count (SCC), an indicator of subclinical mastitis and one of the factors in down grading the quality of milk. A total of 186 and 167 herds were tested with 43% and 62% of herds positive for M. bovis in Victoria and North Queensland, respectively. The quarter milks from 52 cows with persistently high SCC were tested by MB-PCR and culture to investigate the association of M. bovis with major mastitis pathogens (MMP). M. Bovis was detected in 77% of cows of which 19% alone had M. bovis without any other bacteria, 17% had M. bovis in combination with major mastitis pathogens and 40% had M. bovis in combination with non-major mastitis pathogens. We believe that M. bovis is widespread in dairy cattle and has the potential to produce disease alone or to predispose the udder to disease caused by major mastitis and environmental pathogens. These studies have revealed a hitherto unrecognised high prevalence of M. bovis in dairy cattle in North Queensland and Victoria in Australia. These initial studies also give a clear association between M. bovis and elevated somatic cell counts.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Mycoplasma bovis; Mastitis; Somatic cell count; PCR; Cattle-bacteria
Subjects:Veterinary medicine > Veterinary bacteriology
Veterinary medicine > Diseases of special classes of animals > Cattle
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