Main pathologies associated with Staphylococcus aureus infections in rabbits: a review

Authors

  • J.M. Corpa CEU-Cardenal Herrera University
  • K. Hermans Ghent University
  • E. Haesebrouck Ghent University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4995/wrs.2009.651

Keywords:

Staphylococcus aureus, rabbit, infection, pathology

Abstract

Staphylococcus aureus is a versatile opportunistic pathogen that causes a wide spectrum of pathologies. In rabbits, this bacterium infects dermal lesions causing suppurative dermatitis, and invades subcutaneous tissues, causing different well-known disease conditions such as mastitis, abscesses (subcutaneously or affecting internal organs) and pododermatitis. However, the lesions associated with S. aureus have rarely been described in detail in the literature. The aim of this paper is to update the knowledge on rabbit staphylococcosis by focusing mainly on the different pathologies that this organism produces in commercial rabbits.

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Author Biographies

J.M. Corpa, CEU-Cardenal Herrera University

Department of Animal Production, Animal Health and Food Science and Technology (Histology and Pathological Anatomy). Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

K. Hermans, Ghent University

Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

E. Haesebrouck, Ghent University

Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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Published

2010-07-07

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