Outbreak of botulism in a dairy herd in Turkey.

Senturk S. , Cihan H.

Irish veterinary journal, vol.60, no.8, pp.481-4, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 60 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/2046-0481-60-8-481
  • Title of Journal : Irish veterinary journal
  • Page Numbers: pp.481-4
  • Keywords: cattle, botulism, toxin, type C, type D, C BOTULISM, CATTLE, INTOXICATION


In this study, the clinical findings and results of haematological and biochemical analyses of 26 cattle with botulism were evaluated. The most important clinical signs in the affected cattle included: decreased appetite, ataxia, difficulty to rise, loss of tongue tone, salivation and bradycardia. A definitive diagnosis of botulism was based on demonstration of the preformed toxin in ruminal and intestinal contents and feed materials including poultry litter, by mouse inoculation test. This study is the first confirmation, by direct toxin isolation, of Clostridium botulinum type C and Clostridium botulinum type D in cattle, in Turkey.