Case report

Management of Klebsiella spp mastitis on a dairy farm

  • Michael D. Kleinhenz Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
  • Joshua A. Ydstie Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
  • Patrick Gorden Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
Keywords: mastitis, Klebsiella pneumoniae, lipopolysaccharide, LPS

Abstract

Mastitis caused by Klebsiella spp is an emerging issue associated with contaminated environments, often with poor response to therapy. This case report highlights 42 cows with 50 cases of clinical mastitis caused by Klebsiella spp. Eight cases of clinical mastitis were from 4 cows with repeat cases. The mean days-in-milk (DIM) at diagnosis was 135; 38% of cows were within the first 100 DIM. Cows diagnosed with mastitis had a 65% decrease in milk production. Severity scores assigned to each case were 24% mild, 33% moderate, and 43% severe. The majority of cows were either culled (38%) or euthanized (19%) as a result of the mastitis. Many of the cows that developed clinical mastitis had been good producing animals with low somatic cell counts prior to the case. Environmental control and cow hygiene are key to prevention of mastitis.

Published
2019-02-01
How to Cite
Kleinhenz, M. D., Ydstie, J. A., & Gorden, P. (2019). Case report: Management of Klebsiella spp mastitis on a dairy farm. The Bovine Practitioner, 53(1), 19-26. https://doi.org/10.21423/bovine-vol53no1p19-26
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