Immunization and immunotherapy for mastitis.

J. W. Tyler, James S Cullor, D. C. Ruffin

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Immunization and immunotherapy for mastitis are active areas of investigation. The past decade has seen development of effective and economical R-mutant vaccines for gram-negative mastitis. These vaccines doubtless will prove beneficial on well managed dairies that have eradicated contagious mastitis pathogens. Development of vaccines for other mastitis pathogens has been noticeably slower. A commercially available Staphylococcus aureus vaccine appears to reduce the frequency and severity of clinical episodes, but probably has minimal impact on the incidence or prevalence of infection. This product has not been extensively studied. The recent recognition of virulence factors produced in vivo by Staphylococcus aureus may provide a breakthrough in the development and production of Staphylococcus aureus vaccines. Bacterins employing this principle presently are not commercially available, however. In the case of all contagious mastitis pathogens (Streptococcus agalactiae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Mycoplasma spp.), traditional control and eradication efforts (teat dip, dry cow therapy, culling programs) likely will prove preferable to long-term immunization. Ongoing research may provide more efficacious vaccines for these mastitis syndromes. Immunostimulants are an active area of research. Although leukopoietic factors appear promising as immunostimulants, no compound has clearly demonstrated efficacy in either the prevention or treatment of bovine mastitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-549
Number of pages13
JournalThe Veterinary clinics of North America. Food animal practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1993
Externally publishedYes

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