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J Vet Diagn Invest. 2000 Nov;12(6):576-8.

Serotyping of Mannheimia (Pasteurella) haemolytica isolates from the upper Midwest United States.

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Department of Clinical and Population Sciences, University of Minnesota, St. Paul 55108, USA.


Mannheimia (Pasteurella) haemolytica biotype A serotype1 (A1) is the primary bacterial agent responsible for the clinical signs and pathophysiologic events in bovine pneumonic pasteurellosis. The goal of this study was to determine the prevalence of other serotypes of M. haemolytica biotype A organisms obtained from the upper Midwest diagnostic laboratories. A total of 147 M. haemolytica isolates were collected from Minnesota, South Dakota, and Michigan. Isolates were tested against M. haemolytica antisera obtained from the National Animal Disease Center, Ames, Iowa. Results indicated that M. haemolytica serotype 1 represented approximately 60%, serotype 6 represented 26%, and serotype 2 represented 7% of the total examined isolates. In addition, 7% of the isolates were serotype 9, 11, or untypable. This finding suggests that M. haemolytica serotypes other than serotype 1 can be isolated from the lung lesions of diseased cattle and seem to be capable of causing the pathologic changes observed in the lung with pneumonic pasteurellosis.

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