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Histological and bacteriological evaluation of digital dermatitis in cattle, with special reference to spirochaetes and Campylobacter faecalis
  1. D. Döpfer, DrMedVet, MSc1,
  2. A. A. H. M. ter Huurne, DVM, PhD1,
  3. J. L. Cornelisse, DVM, PhD1,
  4. A. J. A. M. van Asten1,
  5. A. Koopmans, DVM2,
  6. F. A. Meijer, DVM2,
  7. Y. H. Schukken, DVM, MSc, PhD2,
  8. I. Szakáll, DVM3,
  9. W. Klee, DrMedVet, (Professor), Dr4 and
  10. R. B. Bosma5
  1. 1 Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Utrecht University, Yalelaan 1, 3485 CL Utrecht, The Netherlands
  2. 2 Department of Herd Health and Reproduction, Utrecht University, Yalelaan 7, 3584 CL Utrecht, The Netherlands
  3. 3 University of Veterinary Science, Department of Animal Nutrition, Rottenbiller u. 50, Budapest, H-1077, Hungary
  4. 4 II.Medizinische Tierklinik der Universität München, Veterinärstrasse 13, 80539 Munchen, Germany
  5. 5 Laboratory for Public Health, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Jelsumerstraat 6, 8917 EN Leeuwarden, The Netherlands


Tissue samples from the feet of slaughtered cattle exhibiting different stages of digital dermatitis were sectioned and stained with haematoxylin and eosin and silver staining techniques. Three morphological variations of spirochaetes were observed, whereas control samples from feet which were macroscopically negative for digital dermatitis were also negative for spirochaetes. In an immunofluorescence test, [i]Campylobacter faecalis[/i] was found to be abundant on superficial wound smears from the classical ulceration of digital dermatitis.

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