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      An overview of calf diarrhea - infectious etiology, diagnosis, and intervention

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          Calf diarrhea is a commonly reported disease in young animals, and still a major cause of productivity and economic loss to cattle producers worldwide. In the report of the 2007 National Animal Health Monitoring System for U.S. dairy, half of the deaths among unweaned calves was attributed to diarrhea. Multiple pathogens are known or postulated to cause or contribute to calf diarrhea development. Other factors including both the environment and management practices influence disease severity or outcomes. The multifactorial nature of calf diarrhea makes this disease hard to control effectively in modern cow-calf operations. The purpose of this review is to provide a better understanding of a) the ecology and pathogenesis of well-known and potential bovine enteric pathogens implicated in calf diarrhea, b) describe diagnostic tests used to detect various enteric pathogens along with their pros and cons, and c) propose improved intervention strategies for treating calf diarrhea.

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                J Vet Sci
                J. Vet. Sci
                Journal of Veterinary Science
                The Korean Society of Veterinary Science
                March 2014
                19 March 2014
                : 15
                : 1
                : 1-17
                [1 ]National Institute of Animal Science, Rural Development Administration, Cheonan, Korea.
                [2 ]Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA.
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                Corresponding author: Tel: +1-515-294-1083; Fax: +1-515-294-6619; kyoon@
                © 2014 The Korean Society of Veterinary Science.

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                Funded by: Cooperative Research Program for Agriculture Science and Technology Development, Rural Development Administration, Korea
                Award ID: PJ008970

                Veterinary medicine

                calf diarrhea, intervention, etiology


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