Epidemiology of Mycoplasma bovis in Pennsylvania veal calves

M. K. Soehnlen, A. Aydin, K. S. Murthy, E. J. Lengerich, A. L. Hattel, B. A. Houser, G. D. Fenton, H. R. Lysczek, C. M. Burns, A. M. Townsend, J. W. Brooks, D. R. Wolfgang, B. M. Jayarao

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The objective of the study was to estimate the prevalence and incidence of Mycoplasma bovis, a common cause of pneumonia, in veal calves. Using simple random sampling, 252 calves from 4 veal herds located in central Pennsylvania were selected and longitudinally followed for monthly collection of nasal swabs. Bronchial swabs and lung lesions were collected at the slaughterhouse. Nasal, bronchial, and lung lesion swabs were cultured for bacterial respiratory pathogens. Ninety lung lesions were identified, of which 41.1, 1.1, 1.1, 7.8, and 4.4% were culture positive for M. bovis alone, Pasteurella multocida alone, Mannheimia haemolytica alone, M. bovis and P. multocida co-infection, and M. bovis and M. haemolytica co-infection, respectively. The data indicate that potential interventions, such as therapeutics, vaccines, or management control measures, would be most effective before 50 d of age based upon the cumulative incidence of colonization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-254
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of dairy science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics


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