Journal article

Characterisation of the course of Mycoplasma bovis infection in naturally infected dairy herds

N Vähänikkilä, T Pohjanvirta, V Haapala, H Simojoki, T Soveri, GF Browning, S Pelkonen, NK Wawegama, T Autio

Veterinary Microbiology | Elsevier | Published : 2019

Abstract

© 2019 Elsevier B.V. Mycoplasma bovis causes bovine respiratory disease, mastitis, arthritis and otitis. The importance of M. bovis has escalated because of recent outbreaks and introductions into countries previously free of M. bovis. We characterized the course of M. bovis infection on 19 recently infected dairy farms over 24 months. Our objective was to identify diagnostic tools to assess the efficacy of control measures to assess low risk infection status on M. bovis infected farms. PCR assays and culture were used to detect M. bovis, and in-house and BioX ELISAs were used to follow antibody responses. Cows and young stock were sampled on four separate occasions, and clinical cases were ..

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Awarded by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank sincerely the farmers and veterinarians contributing to the study. We are grateful to laboratory technicians in the Kuopio Laboratory of Veterinary Bacteriology and Pathology for excellent technical assistance. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland (grant number 1876/312/2013) provided financial support.