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Abstract

Dermatophilosis in goats in Sicily.

Abstract

Dermatophilosis (cutaneous streptotrichosis) is a chronic, exudative and sometimes proliferative dermatitis which occurs in domestic ruminants, wild animals and occasionally in human beings. The condition is caused by Dermatophilus congolensis, a Gram-positive, aerobic bacterium which is strictly parasitic of the skin but can also survive for some time in the environment. Dermatophilosis has a significant economic impact on livestock production in west and central Africa, the Caribbean islands and Australia, linked to losses for the wool and leather market. This short communication reports on the first case of dermatophilosis in Maltese goats from Sicily, Italy (June 2003). The clinical signs and diagnosis of the condition using histopathological and bacteriological techniques are also presented.