Clinical and gross pathological findings of Johne’s disease in a calf: A case report

  • Faez Firdaus Abdullah Jesse Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
  • Asinamai Athliamai Bitrus Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang
  • Yusuf Abba Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang
  • Muhammad Abubakar Sadiq Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
  • Eric Lim Teik Chung Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
  • Idris Umar Hambali Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
  • Mohd Azmi Mohd Lila Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang
  • Abd Wahid Haron Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
Keywords: Acid fast, Bacilli, Calf, Gross pathology, Johne’s disease

Abstract

Objective: This case report describes a clinical case of Johnes disease (JD) in a Friesian calf aging one and half years.

Materials and methods: Physical examination of the calf was carried out, history of the farm as well as samples for laboratory examinations were obtained. The laboratory examinations included hematological examinations by direct wet mount, hematocrit centrifugation technique and Giemsa stain, biochemical evaluation of serum, bacterial culture and isolation from feces and aspirate from the swollen jaw. 

Results: Clinical history showed that the farm had a history of JD, and routine health screening revealed that one of the calves had clinical signs suggestive of Johnes disease. Physical examination of the calf revealed a lumpy jaw, enlarged bilateral pre-scapular and pre-femoral lymph nodes, while hematological and biochemical findings showed a normocytic normochromic anemia, severe leukocytosis with neutropilic left shift and lymphocytosis with hyperproteinemia characterized by hyperglobulinemia. Fecal bacterial tests showed the presence of acid fast bacilli. Based on the history and laboratory findings, the cow was diagnosed with JD. In order to ensure effective control measures, the calf was culled from the heard. Postmortem examination revealed inflamed pre-scapular and pre-femoral lymph nodes with the presence of paramphistomes in the rumen mucosa.

Conclusion: Since JD is a chronic disease that lingers in livestock farms, there is need for early identification and culling of infected animal in order to limit its devastation on the farm.

http://doi.org/10.5455/javar.2016.c165

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Author Biographies

Faez Firdaus Abdullah Jesse, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Asinamai Athliamai Bitrus, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang
Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Yusuf Abba, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang
Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Muhammad Abubakar Sadiq, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Eric Lim Teik Chung, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Idris Umar Hambali, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Mohd Azmi Mohd Lila, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang
Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Abd Wahid Haron, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Published
2016-11-03
How to Cite
Jesse, F. F. A., Bitrus, A. A., Abba, Y., Sadiq, M. A., Chung, E. L. T., Hambali, I. U., Lila, M. A. M., & Haron, A. W. (2016). Clinical and gross pathological findings of Johne’s disease in a calf: A case report. Journal of Advanced Veterinary and Animal Research, 3(3), 292-296. Retrieved from https://www.banglajol.info/index.php/JAVAR/article/view/30211
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Case Reports