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Identification of Dermatophilus congolensis from lower leg dermatitis of cattle in Kerala, India
|Author(s) :||P.V. Tresamol, M.R. Saseendranath, H. Subramanian, U.N. Pillai, M. Mini & S. Ajithkumar|
This study was conducted to identify the aetiological agents associated with a particular type of lower leg dermatitis, locally called pododermatitis, among dairy cattle in Kerala. Skin scabs and scrapings were collected aseptically from 82 naturally occurring cases of lower leg dermatitis in cattle and were subjected to direct microscopical examination and bacterial and fungal culture. Microscopical examination of the skin scrapings with 10% potassium hydroxide revealed fungal spores in hair shafts from only two samples and did not reveal the presence of mites or other parasites. Fungal culture yielded dermatophytes from only five samples; these were identified as Trichophyton mentagrophytes in two cases, T. verrucosum in one case, Epidermophyton floccosum in one case and Microsporum nanum in one case.
Cattle – Dermatophilus congolensis – India – Kerala – Lower leg dermatitis – Pododermatitis.