Factors associated with infection by Campylobacter fetus in beef herds in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina

D. F. Jimenez, A. M. Perez, Tim Carpenter, A. Martinez

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Abstract

Campylobacter fetus is a major venereal pathogen of cattle that is considered to be widespread among the livestock population of Argentina. The disease accounts for a 10% reduction in the weaning rate of Argentine infected herds and annual losses of $165 million. A case-control, questionnaire-based study was developed with the objective of quantifying the association between C. fetus infection and demographic, husbandry, and sanitary factors in 196 herds located in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Abortions observed in the herd (OR = 3.08, 95% CI = 1.52, 6.23), and trespassing of bulls from neighboring herds (OR = 2.03, 95% CI = 0.98, 4.20), were positively associated with the risk of finding C. fetus-infected bulls, whereas buying bulls was a protective factor for the disease (OR = 0.53, 95% CI = 0.26, 1.08). Results presented here will help to develop and implement actions aimed at preventing the spread and reducing the incidence of C. fetus infection in the beef cattle population of Argentina.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-162
Number of pages6
JournalPreventive Veterinary Medicine
Volume101
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

Keywords

  • Cattle
  • Epidemiology
  • Risk factors
  • Venereal diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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