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Polyarthritis in kids associated with Mycoplasma putrefaciens
  1. JL Rodriguez,
  2. JB Poveda,
  3. C Gutierrez,
  4. B Acosta and
  5. A Fernandez
  1. Section of Histology and Pathological Anatomy, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.


Fifteen two- to three-week-old kids, fed artificially with goats' milk from a dairy, were found to have polyarthritis. The most affected joints were the carpals, either unilaterally or bilaterally, and in some cases the tarsal joints. Mycoplasma putrefaciens was isolated from the joints which showed an acute fibrinopurulent arthritis. No clinical mastitis was detected in the dairy.

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