Do Worms Predispose Ewes to Mastitis?

Greek researchers studied the possible role of gastro-intestinal nematode infection in predisposing ewes to mastitis during the lactation period.

In a study involving twelve parasitized ewes (FEC >500 epg) and twelve unparasitized ewes (FEC <20 epg), the researchers found a positive correlation between intestinal helminth counts and udder pathology scores, leading them to conclude that gastrointestinal trichostrongylosis and particularly Teladorsagia infection might lead to clinical mastitis.

Read abstract in Veterinary Parasitology, October 2017

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