Clostridial Disease and the emerging cases of Ischaemic Teat Necrosis (ITN). Clostridia are widespread organisms, found particularly in the soil and other organic material. Disease arises when there is tissue damage, activating latent spores resulting in rapid multiplication of the organism and the production of toxins.
Hayley Crosby, a vet at the University of Liverpool, is embarking upon research into a new and emerging disease in dairy cattle, Ischaemic Teat Necrosis (ITN). The cause of the disease, how much disease is present in Great Britain and the risk factors associated with the disease are all unknown.
Cathy Morris discussed both in this latest edition of the newsletter.