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A Review on Sub Clinical Mastitis in Dairy Cattle
Tripti Kumari1*, Champak Bhakat1 and Rajeev Kumar Choudhary2
1Department of Livestock Production Management, Eastern Regional Station,
National Dairy Research Institute, Kalyani- 741235 (West Bengal)
2Department of Pathology, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata- (West Bengal)
*Corresponding Author E-mail: triptilpm@gmail.com
Received: 17.01.2018 | Revised: 21.02.2018 | Accepted: 1.03.2018
INTRODUCTION
Sub clinical mastitis in dairy cattle is a major
and silent problem causes higher economic
losses to the farmers. It is one major reason for
low yield and poor quality milk and ranks first
among the diseases that causes substantial loss
to owners. Mastitis is defined as inflammation
of parenchyma of mammary glands and is
characterized by physical, chemical and
usually bacteriological changes in milk and
pathological changes in glandular tissues1. It is
a global problem as it adversely affects on
animal health, quality of milk and economics
of milk production and every country
including developed ones suffers huge
financial losses related to culling, decreased
production, decreased fecundity, and treatment
costs2. Besides causing huge losses to milk
production, the sub clinically affected animals
remain a continuous source of infection to
other herd mates3.
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ABSTRACT
Subclinical mastitis is the most prevalent and economically destructive disease in dairy cattle
throughout the country. It is 340 times more common than clinical mastitis and causes the
greatest overall losses in most dairy herds. It is a multi etiological complex disease which
consists infectious and noninfectious agents as potential risk factors. The prevalence of
subclinical mastitis in cows increases with increased milk production, unhygienic management
practices and with increasing number of lactation. There are no visible changes in the udder or
milk but it reduces milk production and adversely affects milk quality. Early detection of sub
clinical mastitis can be done by various indirect and direct tests.
Key words: Sub clinical mastitis, Dairy cattle, Milk production
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Some studies have been reported that the
incidence of sub clinical mastitis ranged from
19.20 to 83% in cows. In India, about 70-80%
economic loss has been attributed due to sub
clinical mastitis alone4.
It is also a complex disease, with
various causal pathogens, and given its
complexity. However complete eradication at
present is not feasible5. So, it is essential to
understand the important risk factors
associated with management practices for
incidence of sub clinical mastitis in dairy
cattle. It does not create visible changes in the
milk or of the udder6. Although the milk
appears normal, cows with subclinical
intramammary infections (IMI) produce less
milk and with compromised quality7.
Subclinical mastitis can lead to a 10% 20%
decrease in milk production. In addition, it has
an undesirable effect on the constituents and
nutritional value of the milk, rendering it of
low quality and less fit for processing8. As
there are no visible abnormalities in the milk,
subclinical mastitis requires special diagnostic
tests for detection9. The importance of early
detection of mastitis, and in particular
subclinical mastitis, is critical10 because
changes in the udder tissue take place earlier
than they become apparent11. It cannot be
identified without a laboratory or field test,
mostly remains unnoticed by the farmer,
therefore considered as a hidden form of
mastitis.
PREVALENCE OF SUB CLINICAL
MASTITIS
Sub clinical mastitis is 15 to 40 times more
prevalent than clinical mastitis12. According to
Cynthia13 the cases of SCM varied from 15 to
75 %, whereas the involvement of quarters
having SCM varied between 5 and 40 %. Five
states, namely Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh,
Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra had
estimates of 53.52%, 51.18%, 39.58 %, 62.49
% and 35.11 % respectively. Meta-analysis of
state-wise prevalence data showed that Punjab
and Haryana had harmonized prevalence of
subclinical mastitis on cow-basis14. According
to Busato et al.15 the prevalence of sub clinical
mastitis at the quarter level were 21.2% for
lactation period of 7 to 100 days and 34.5% for
101 to 305 days post partum in organic
certified dairy farms. According to Varshney
and Narsh16, prevalence of subclinical form of
mastitis was found to be more common in
India (varying from 10-50% in cows and 5-
20% in buffaloes) when compared to clinical
mastitis (1-10%). Various researchers have
reported about the prevalence of subclinical
mastitis in dairy cows (Table 1).
RISK FACTORS OF SUB CLINICAL
MASTITIS
Risk factors such as Host ((breed, high yielder,
age, parity, stage of lactation, udder defense,
udder confirmation, Milking interval, Milk
somatic cell count, Dry period, teat injuries,
genetic resistance), Pathogen (virulence factor,
number of organisms, blind treatment),
management practices (shed and udder
hygiene, poor teat condition, poor
environmental hygiene, sanitation, large herd
size, use of hand wash cloth, improper teat
dipping, milking technique, milking machine)
and diet (Cu, Co, Zn, Selenium and vitamin E
deficiency) amongst others have been reported
to be important in the prevalence of sub-
clinical mastitis17.
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CAUSATIVE AGENTS OF SUB
CLINICAL MASTITIS
In a report of Kumar et al.18 Streptococcus
dysgalactiae was major (50.00%) organism
isolated from the cases of sub clinical mastitis
in cows followed by Staphylococcus
aureus and others. It may also be associated
with many other organisms
including Actinomyces pyogenes,
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Nocardia
asteroides, Clostridium perfringens and others
like Mycobacterium, Mycoplasma,
Pastuerella and Prototheca species and
yeasts17. The majority of the cases are caused
by only a few common bacterial pathogens,
namely, Staphylococcus species,
Streptococcus species, Coliforms
and Actinomyces pyogenes19.
DIFFERENT DIAGNOSTIC TESTS FOR
DETECTION OF SUB CLINICAL
MASTITIS (SCM)
According to the International Dairy
Federation (IDF) recommendations,
microbiological status of the quarter and the
somatic cell count (SCC) are the most
common tests to detect changes in the milk
because of an inflammatory process20. Over a
period of years many tests have been
developed for the diagnosis of SCM.
According to Langer et al.6, there are several
direct and indirect tests that can detect SCM.
Indirect tests are useful in determining the
quality of milk, and in the absence of
laboratory facilities those which are suitable
for use in the field may be helpful in
detecting21. They include cow side tests viz.,
Modified California Mastitis Test (MCMT),
Modified White Side Test (MWST), Surf Field
Mastitis Test (SFMT), screening tests viz.,
Electrical conductivity (EC), pH test and
laboratory test viz., Methylene Blue Reduction
Test (MBRT). Inflammation of mammary
gland is directly accompanied by an increase
of SCC in milk22. Therefore, many reports
have considered SCC as a significant marker
for SCM23 and signifies a direct test for
detection of SCM. Various researchers have
reported the prevalence of SCM on the basis of
different tests (Table2).
ECONOMIC LOSS DUE TO SUB
CLINICAL MASTITIS
In India, economic loss due to mastitis was
reported INR 6,053.21 crore, where majority
of loss was found due to sub-clinical mastitis
(70 to 80%) which accounted around INR
4,365.32 crore4. Economic loss due to sub-
clinical mastitis in crossbred cows was INR
592.87 per lactation and loss due to decrease
in milk production was INR 700.1824. Annual
losses in the dairy industry due to mastitis was
almost 2.37 thousand crore rupees in India.
Out of this, sub-clinical mastitis accounted for
approximately 70% of the loss25.
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Table 1: Prevalence of Subclinical mastitis in various parts of India
Place of study
SCM cases (%)
References
West Bengal
62.80
Roy et al.26
Orissa
42.10
Misra et al.27
Uttaranchal
74.10
Nauriyal28
Madhya Pradesh
86.87
75.00
57.35
75.00
80.00
Devi et al.29
Gujarat
70.04
Patel et al.30
Madhya Pradesh
52.48
Ghosh and Sharda31
Haryana
55
Ghosh et al. 32
Jammu
78.54
Sharma 33
Rajasthan
60.25
Chahar et al. 34
Jabalpur
27.90
Das and Joseph 35
Haryana
53.03
Samanta et al. 36
Uttarakhand
34.48
Yathiraj et al. 37
Bombay
16.66
Ahire et al. 38
Raipur
39.53
Viswakarma 39
Chennai
27.86
Dutta 40
Ranchi
27.27
Kumar et al.18
59.87
Sahoo et al.41
Durg
57.27
Sharma and Maiti42
Haryana
39.80
Sharma et al.17
Uttar Pradesh
42.93
De & Mukherjee 43
Pondicherry
33.83
Krithiga et al. 44
Jharkhand
27.37
Ranjan et al. 45
Pune
9.88
Sinha et al. 25
Jammu
41
Gupta et al.46
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Table 2: Detection of Subclinical mastitis by different diagnostic tests
CONCLUSION
The subclinical mastitis (SCM) is a more
serious and responsible for much greater loss
to the dairy industry. More than three times
losses due to SCM, as compared to clinical
mastitis occurs. In this form of mastitis as milk
appears normal and visible abnormalities such
as udder swelling, hardness of the affected
quarter, pain, and watery milk remains absent,
but physical and chemical changes occurs in
the milk, which helps in the detection of SCM
by various diagnostic tests.
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... Mastitis is the most prevalent and important disease of dairy cows and responsible for the major economic losses to the dairy farms globally [1]. It is a multicausal disease, and various pathogens are involved in subclinical and clinical forms of mastitis [2,3]. Subclinical mastitis (SCM) is characterized by high somatic cell count (SCC) in milk without any visible abnormalities of the milk and udder and obvious systemic signs [3]. ...
... It is a multicausal disease, and various pathogens are involved in subclinical and clinical forms of mastitis [2,3]. Subclinical mastitis (SCM) is characterized by high somatic cell count (SCC) in milk without any visible abnormalities of the milk and udder and obvious systemic signs [3]. The occurrence of SCM is very common in dairy herds compared to clinical mastitis, which results in huge economic losses. ...
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  • M N Bhat
  • B R Deepti
  • H U Upendra
  • A Murlidhara
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