Fungal infections

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Microsporum gypseum
Trichophyton mentagrophytes

Fungi commonly cause superficial skin diseases in cattle but are responsible for severe and often fatal systemic infections. The most common and least pathogenic fungus which affects cattle is Microsporum spp.

Other fungi of cattle include:


  • Milk spoilage - Blastomyces spp, Candida spp, Penicillium spp, Aureobasidium spp, Candida spp, Geotrichum spp, Trichosporon spp



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