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Ovine infectious keratoconjunctivitis: a microbiological study of clinically unaffected and affected sheep's eyes with special reference to Mycoplasma conjunctivae
  1. GO Egwu,
  2. WB Faull,
  3. JM Bradbury and
  4. MJ Clarkson
  1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, University of Liverpool Veterinary Field Station, Neston, South.


In a field survey of ovine infectious keratoconjunctivitis, the microbiological flora of 240 clinically unaffected eyes from sheep in 10 flocks was compared with the flora of an equivalent number of clinically affected eyes from 12 natural outbreaks of the disease. Totals of 16 and 17 genera of bacteria were recovered from unaffected and affected eyes, respectively. Staphylococcus, bacillus and branhamella were isolated significantly more often than the other genera of bacteria, in both the unaffected and affected eyes (P less than 0.05). Branhamella ovis and Escherichia coli occurred more frequently in affected eyes, and Staphylococcus aureus occurred more frequently in severely than mildly affected eyes. The genera Mycoplasma and Acholeplasma were isolated from both groups, and Mycoplasma conjunctivae occurred in 92 affected eyes (38.3 per cent), and 27 unaffected eyes (11.3 per cent).

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