Detection of ovine intramammary infection with the California mastitis test.

W. D. Hueston, N. R. Hartwig, J. K. Judy

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Abstract

The overall sensitivity of the California mastitis test (CMT) for detecting intramammary infection (the likelihood of a positive CMT score in the presence of intramammary infection) was 69.3%. The specificity of the CMT (likelihood of a negative test in the absence of intramammary infection) was 76.5%. When only infections by major ovine mastitis pathogens were considered, the sensitivity increased to 100% and the specificity decreased to 71.1%. Bacterial cultural examination and CMT scores were recorded for 526 samples of milk obtained from 106 brood ewes. Positive CMT scores were recorded for all samples from udder halves infected with major ovine mastitis pathogens (coagulase-positive staphylococci, Escherichia coli, and Pasteurella haemolytica). The CMT scores for samples from udder halves infected with coagulase-negative staphylococci were variable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-524
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Volume188
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 1986

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