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Freedom from Tritrichomonas foetus infection in cattle in St. Kitts

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Trichomonosis is an endemic disease in cattle that are reared under extensive conditions and bred by natural mating. It causes profound economic losses to the producers by increasing calving interval, increasing embryo losses, and decreasing pregnancy rates. The aim of this study was to determine whether Tritrichomonas foetus infections were absent from cattle in St. Kitts. Using the modified hypergeometric method, preputial samples from bulls (n = 78) were tested using the InPouch™ culture for presence of T. foetus. Results highlighted an absence of trichomoniasis in bulls on St. Kitts with a 95% confidence.

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The authors are thankful to Stacy McFarlane and other student members of the RUSVM AABP for volunteering their time to carry out the study.

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Correspondence to Chaoqun Yao or Aspinas Chapwanya.

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Ethical approval was obtained from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. St. Kitts and Nevis Government granted permission for collection of samples at St. Kitts abattoir.

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Coker, K.E., Lim, J.J., Schleisman, R.L. et al. Freedom from Tritrichomonas foetus infection in cattle in St. Kitts. Trop Anim Health Prod 50, 1171–1173 (2018).

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