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Trichomoniasis - New Interest in an Old Problem

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Title: Trichomoniasis - New Interest in an Old Problem
Author: Krogh, D.; Fischer, K.; Alstad, A. D.
Description: In 1986, recent advancements in the control and/or the prevention of the well-known bovine abortion or infertility diseases such as brucellosis, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, bovine virus diarrhea, campylobacteriosis and lepospirosis had results in a renewed interest in the age old disease of trichomoniasis. Until this time, the incidence of trichomoniasis in the United States was unknown because only limited surveys for the causative organism had been carried out. Trichomoniasis is caused by the protozoan Trictrichomonas foetus, which causes infertility in heifers, occasionally by the pyometra and, in some cases, by abortion. The disease is contagious traveling from one animal to another. It can be found in the penis and prepuce of bulls. It only causes sterility in the female. The disease is not dramatic and by the time it is discovered, it is typically well established. The method of sampling, the diagnosis and the treatment are reviewed. Programs for the prevention, the control of and the eradication would vary from herd to herd. In 1986, the infection rate in herds with this disease was yet unknown. Surveys were taken. The cost of diagnosis and treatment were minimal when compared with the costs of loss of fertility rates caused by infected bulls.
Date: 1986
Subject: Cattle diseases
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/6933

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