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CONTAGIOUS agalactia is a disease that is mainly caused by Mycoplasma agalactiae. The disease has a severe impact on the economics of small ruminant herds, as it can cause mastitis, severe hypogalactia, arthritis, keratoconjunctivitis, abortions, pneumonia and, rarely, deaths (Da Massa and others 1992, Madanat and others 2001, Al-Momani and others 2006, De la Fe and others 2007).
Mycoplasmatic arthritis is an entity that seems to be common and causes severe losses in adult and young goats (Bölske and others 1988, Giadinis and others 2008, Smith and Sherman 2009). Additionally, a congenital form of arthritis in goat kids attributed to Mycoplasma mycoides subspecies mycoides has been reported in Israel (Bar-Moshe and Rapapport 1981). However, congenital arthritis due to other mycoplasma species has not been reported to date. This short communication describes a case of congenital polyarthritis in neonatal goat kids in Greece that was caused by M agalactiae.
In a dairy goat herd of Northern Greece, which six months ago (the previous milking season) suffered from …