Q fever is a zoonosis caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii. One of the largest reported outbreaks of Q fever in humans occurred in the Netherlands starting in 2007; epidemiologic investigations identified small ruminants as the source. To determine the genetic background of C. burnetii in domestic ruminants responsible for the human Q fever outbreak,… (More)
A case of diprosopus in a spontaneously delivered live-born kitten is reported. All facial components were completely duplicated. Fusion of the skulls had occurred in the temporal region; a single ear was present at the site of fusion. Additional defects were a cleft lip in one face and cleft palates in both faces. The cerebral hemispheres and arterior… (More)
The results of a retrospective study of 23 goat kids with delayed swayback are reported. Principal clinical signs were ataxia, loss of postural control, spasticity of the hindlimbs, and muscular weakness, often progressing to permanent recumbency. Denervation of skeletal muscles was demonstrated by electromyography in 2 kids. Three kids slowly recovered… (More)
Spinal nematodosis in a four-year-old donkey is described. The animal showed progressive hindlimb paresis of sudden onset. Necropsy revealed extensive degeneration and inflammation in the lumbosacral part of the spinal cord, caused by a nematode larva of the suborder Strongylina, probably L4 or L5 of Strongylus vulgaris.