THE MICROFLORA OF TEAT CANALS AND UDDER CISTERNS IN NON-LACTATING DROMEDARIES
Journal Year: 2015
Journal Month: June
Published On: 03-09-2018 19:06:00
Article DOI: 10.5958/2277-8934.2015.00008.9

B. Johnson, M. Joseph, Sh. Jose, S. Jose, J. Kinne and U. Wernery
Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 597, Dubai, UAE

ABSTRACT

The teat canals and mammary gland cisterns of 30 necropsied omniparous non-lactating dromedaries aged between 8 and 20 years were microbiologically investigated. In total 242 teat canals and 242 cisterns were swabbed from which 36 different bacterial species comprising 17 families were isolated. In total 24% teat canals and 22% mammary cisterns harboured bacteria colonies but they grew only in very low numbers of between 1 to 13 colonies per agar plate. It can be stated that our investigation revealed that a high number of dromedary glands are either sterile or harbour only a low number of mainly non-mastitis pathogens.
Key words: Dromedary udder, microflora, non-lactating


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