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Oudessa Kerro Dego

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

A veterinary microbiologist with practical experience in microbial pathogenesis, control, and prevention of infectious diseases. He did his Postdoctoral training in the areas of microbial pathogenesis at the Department of Animal Science, University of Tennessee, USA.


Bovine Mastitis Control Prevention Dairy Infection Antimicrobial Usage Patterns Diary Farms Dairy Cattle Current Status Mastitis Etiology of Mastitis Vaccines Against Mastitis

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Bovine mastitis is one of the most important bacterial diseases of dairy cattle throughout the world. Mastitis is responsible for major economic losses to the dairy producer and milk processing industry resulting from reduced milk production, alterations in milk composition, discarded milk, increased replacement costs, extra labor, treatment costs, and veterinary services. Current mastitis control measures are based upon good milking time hygiene; use of properly functioning milking machines; maintaining clean, dry, comfortable housing areas; good nutritional programs; segregation and culling of persistently infected animals; dry cow antibiotic therapy; and proper identification and treatment of cows with clinical and subclinical mastitis; establishing udder health goals; good record-keeping; monitoring udder health, and periodical review of the mastitis control program.

This book is a concise summary of mastitis, which mainly focused on etiological agents, epidemiology (occurrence or distribution, source of infection, species affected, transmission dynamics, prevalence or incidence rate, morbidity or mortality rate, methods of transmission, risk factors, economic impact, and zoonotic importance), pathogenesis, clinical manifestation, pathological and histopathological changes, diagnosis, control and prevention measures (treatment, vaccines, management, nutrition).

This book will serve as a textbook for dairy veterinarians, producers, dairy farm managers, dairy technicians, and dairy health scientific community.

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Date completed: September 9th 2020

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Oudessa Kerro Dego

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Dr. Kerro Dego is a veterinary microbiologist with training in veterinary medicine, microbiology, and anatomic pathology. Dr. Kerro Dego is an expert in the control and prevention of infectious diseases of farm animals, particularly mastitis, dairy food safety, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Kerro Dego has extensive experience in studying the pathogenesis of bacterial infections, identification of virulence factors, and new vaccine development and efficacy testing against bacterial mastitis pathogens. Dr. Kerro Dego conducted numerous controlled experimental and field vaccine efficacy studies, vaccination, and evaluation of immunological responses in several species of animals, including rodents (mice) and large animals (bovine and ovine).

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