Histophilus somni infection: an outbreak in cattle in Cental Italy
Histophilus somni is responsible for a wide variety of systemic diseases in addition to thrombotic meningoencephalitis (TME), including respiratory disease syndromes, myocarditis, reproductive disease syndromes, polyarthritis, mastitis, eye disease and septicaemia. The aim of this study is to describe an H. somni outbreak in cattle in Central Italy.
This outbreak also confirms the presence of H. somni in Central Italy and confirms its responsibility for the onset of TME phenomena which are often lethal, especially in calves under one year of age. Effective prevention through vaccination can reduce the appearance of clinical signs, lung damage and consequently the use of antibiotics.