Corynebacterium bovis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Corynebacterium bovis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Order: Actinomycetales
Family: Corynebacteriaceae
Genus: Corynebacterium
Species: C. bovis
Binomial name
Corynebacterium bovis
Bergey et al., 1923

Corynebacterium bovis is a pathogenic bacterium that causes mastitis and pyelonephritis in cattle.

C. bovis is a facultatively anaerobic, Gram-positive organism, characterized by nonencapsulated, nonsporulated, immobile, straight or curved rods with a length of 1 to 8 µm and width of 0.3 to 0.8 µm, which forms ramified aggregations in culture (looking like "Chinese characters").

In mastitic infections, C. bovis is spread from cow to cow most commonly through improper milking technique.[1] However, it is usually a mild infection resulting in an elevated somatic cell count. The bacterium is sensitive to the majority of antibiotics, such as the penicillins, ampicillin, cephalosporins, quinolones, chloramphenicol, tetracyclines, cefuroxime, and trimethoprim.


  1. ^ "Mastitis in Cattle: Overview". The Merck Veterinary Manual. 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 

External links[edit]