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Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract. 2012 Nov;28(3):443-64. doi: 10.1016/j.cvfa.2012.07.002. Epub 2012 Sep 6.

Diagnostics of dairy and beef cattle diarrhea.

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University of California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, Tulare, CA 93274, USA.


Calf diarrhea is a multifactorial disease related to a combination of host and pathogen factors. The most common pathogens found in diarrheic calves are cryptosporidium, rotavirus, coronavirus, Salmonella, attaching and effacing E coli and F5 (K99) Escherichia coli. Increased mortality and morbidity are often due to the presence of more than one pathogen. This article includes a discussion of key information to obtain a clinical history, the pathogens, pathology findings, and diagnostic methods.

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