Prevalence of Cysticercus bovis in Australian cattle

Pearse, B. H. G., Traub, R. J., Davis, A., Cobbold, R. and Vanderlinde, P. B. (2010) Prevalence of Cysticercus bovis in Australian cattle. Australian Veterinary Journal, 88 7: 260-262. doi:10.1111/j.1751-0813.2010.00593.x

Author Pearse, B. H. G.
Traub, R. J.
Davis, A.
Cobbold, R.
Vanderlinde, P. B.
Title Prevalence of Cysticercus bovis in Australian cattle
Formatted title
Prevalence of Cysticercus bovis in Australian cattle
Journal name Australian Veterinary Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0423
Publication date 2010-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1751-0813.2010.00593.x
Volume 88
Issue 7
Start page 260
End page 262
Total pages 3
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective The first national abattoir survey of Cysticercus bovis
(‘beef measles’) in cattle was conducted in February 2008.
Methods During the data collection period, 493,316 cattle were
subjected to standard postmortem procedures, including incision
of the masseter and heart muscles. On-site veterinarians were
asked to record the location of any C. bovis cysts, as well as the
National Livestock Identification System ear tag numbers of
infected animals. Veterinarians were asked to submit samples for
laboratory confirmation by histology and polymerase chain reaction
Results Of the 23 samples submitted, none was positive for
C. bovis by either diagnostic method.
Conclusions Occasional, isolated diagnoses of beef measles are
still made in most states of Australia, but since the last regional
surveys were conducted 30 years ago, when the estimated prevalence
was 50 to 200 per 100,000 cattle slaughtered, the parasite has
become extremely rare.
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Australian Veterinary Association.
Keyword Abattoir survey
Cysticercus bovis
National Livestock Identification System
Polymerase chain reaction
Taenia saginata
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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