Sharing information about Salmonella Dublin, an emerging pathogen of cattle, is essential to improve health, manage disease and minimize losses. This epidemiologist of infectious diseases of dairy cattle discusses some innovative ways to share Salmonella Dublin risk and prevalence information with producers and veterinarians.
For the past number of years, in our cattle populations, veterinarians and producers have dealt with a host-adapted strain of Salmonella that causes significant respiratory disease and sepsis in calves and can cause major production losses for an infected herd. Veterinarians work hard with their producers to set up biosecurity and treatment protocols on farm to help minimize new infections and manage risk factors, but there is also a lot of exciting work going on at Universities, and with governments and disease surveillance organizations to establish programs to effectively monitor outbreaks, track infections, and communicate this disease prevalence and risk information back to producers and veterinarians.
Dr. Simon Dufour, a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Faculty of Veterinary medicine at the University of Montreal, joins us to share some information on Salmonella Dublin infections in dairy calves and cattle, and to discuss some collaborative projects that are in the works to help manage this important emerging pathogen.