Bovine protothecosis. A brief report of ten cases.

Prototheca zopfii was isolated repeatedly from milk samples from ten cows (of a herd of 192 dairy cows) with reduced milk yield and indurated mammary glands. The strain was moderately sensitive to streptomycin, polymyxin and gentamycin, but resistant or relatively resistant to other antibiotics and antimycotics commonly used in clinical practice. An attempt to treat the infection with Ethidium bromide, which was found effective in vitro, did not succeed. The number of Prototheca excreted decreased, but a complete cure was not obtained. In histological sections of the udder, Prototheca cells were demonstrated both intracellularly and interstitially.
AuthorsJ Bodenhoff, P S Madsen
JournalActa pathologica et microbiologica Scandinavica. Section B, Microbiology (Acta Pathol Microbiol Scand B) Vol. 86 Issue 1 Pg. 51-2 (Feb 1978) ISSN: 0105-0656 [Print] DENMARK
PMID665244 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Eukaryota (isolation & purification)
  • Female
  • Mastitis, Bovine (microbiology)
  • Milk (microbiology)

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