Infectious causes of bovine abortion during mid- to late-gestation

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The accurate and prompt diagnosis of infectious abortions in a herd requires cooperation between the herd veterinarian and a veterinary diagnostic laboratory; working together, with good communication and appropriate sampling and testing, the chances of obtaining an etiologic diagnosis are improved. Abortion diagnosis is a challenge as a cause is usually identified in less than half of submitted fetuses. The majority of diagnosed abortions are attributed to infections by a moderate number of bacterial, viral, fungal and protozoal agents. The pathology and other findings used in the laboratory diagnosis of the major infectious agents causing bovine abortion in mid- to late-gestation will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-486
Number of pages13
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Cattle
  • Diagnosis
  • Infectious abortion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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