Parasitic otitis associated with Psoroptes sp. mites was diagnosed for the first time in two flocks of goats located in Tuscany, Italy. Some animals presented clinical signs of ear mite infection, but the parasites were also isolated from the ears of two clinically silent goats. A morphometric study was conducted to establish whether there are significant morphological differences between mites collected from the ears of goats and Psoroptes cuniculi collected from the ears of rabbits. Three rabbits were experimentally infected with mites isolated from the auditory canal of goats, while nine goats were infected with mites isolated from rabbits. After three to five months all rabbits and five of the nine goats contained reproducing mite populations in their ears; also the morphometric analysis revealed no difference between rabbit and goat ear mites. It follows that Psoroptes cuniculi represents the etiologic agent of parasitic otitis in both these two animal species.
|Autori:||Perrucci S; Cascella A; Bencini E; Macchioni F|
|Titolo:||Clinical and etiological aspects of goat ear mite infestations in Tuscany|
|Anno del prodotto:||1996|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|