About this Research Topic
Safety and quality are major goals of cattle industry in order to provide food for the growing population around the world. However, the cattle industry’s efficiency is far from optimum. Many variables are involved in livestock systems, including health, nutrition, production and welfare. In this context, infectious diseases represent a difficult challenge because they are responsible for high economic losses, both in developed and developing countries.
Many infectious diseases have a great impact during the pregnancy and neonatal periods. Climate change and intensification of production systems nowadays emerge as a challenge for the future cattle industry with probable huge impact on infectious diseases. Hence, a new and threatening scenario arises for animal health worldwide. Bacteria, fungus, viruses and protozoa have been identified as causes of abortion and neonatal mortality. Control, management, vaccination, and drug treatments are available, but their use is limited in field conditions, and therefore the improvement of control strategies is essential.
This Research Topic gathers case reports, experimental models and studies of bovine infectious diseases, with special emphasis on reproduction, and the gestational and neonatal periods. Molecular epidemiology and different approaches leading to prevent and control the clinical manifestations of infectious diseases will also be welcomed in this Research Topic.
Keywords: Abortion, bovine, calf mortality, gestation, pathogens
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