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Abstract

Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma of the genital tract of camels in Egypt.

Abstract

250 swabs (133 preputial and 117 vaginal), and 35 genital tracts of female camels were examined. Samples collected from Cairo and Giza abattoirs were cultured on specific media for Mycoplasma or Ureaplasma. Serological identification included growth inhibition and growth precipitation tests with specific antisera, and indirect haemagglutination. Ureaplasma was isolated from 50.4% of prepuce samples and 42.7% of vaginal samples. Mycoplasma was isolated from 33.4% and 32.5%, respectively, and Acholeplasma species from 15.0% and 6.8%, respectively. Most Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma isolates were recovered from the vagina (40.0% and 28.6%, respectively) followed by cervix (28.57% and 11.43%, respectively) and uterus (14.3%). M. arginini and U. diversum were the only species isolated from the genital tract of camels. This is believed to be the first record of Ureaplasma isolation from the genital tract of camels.