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Serological study of contagious agalactia in herds of goats in the Canary Islands
  1. P. Assunção, PhD,
  2. C. De la Fe, PhD,
  3. A. S. Ramirez, PhD,
  4. J. B. Poveda, PhD1 and
  5. M. Andrada, PhD2
  1. 1 Unit of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
  2. 2 Unit of Comparative Pathology, Veterinary Faculty, University of Las Palmas, Transmontaña s/n 35416 Arucas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain


An indirect ELISA, using local strains of Mycoplasma agalactiae and Mycoplasma mycoides subspecies mycoides large colony (MmmLc), was applied to evaluate the seroprevalence of M agalactiae and MmmLc in flocks of goats on each of the Canary Islands. In total 3890 samples of serum were collected from 204 flocks. The results indicated that the seroprevalence of both organisms is high on all the islands; average values of 55 per cent and 67 per cent were recorded, respectively, for M agalactiae and MmmLc.

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