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 Online Journal of Veterinary Research

Volume 22 (8):669-674, 2018.

Prevalence and type of fungi in milk from goats with sub clinical mastitis.


Karrar Ali Mohammed Hasan, Shaimaa Nabhan Yassein.


Department of Microbiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Baghdad. Iraq.




Mohammed Hasan KA, Yassein SN., Prevalence and type of fungi in milk from goats with sub clinical mastitis, Onl J Vet Res., 22 (8):669-674, 2018. One hundred milk samples from apparently healthy goats were subjected to California mastitis reagent cultured on Sabouraud Dextrose Agar. Some goats had been treated with penicillin. Fifty three (53%) samples were positive to the California mastitis test of which 69% were of mycotic origin. Of these, 16 species of 29 isolates (42.03%) were mould and 12 of 40 isolates were yeast (57.97%). Moulds found were A. fumigatus (17.24%), Penicillium spp. (13.79%), A. niger and Alternaria spp. (10.34%), A. terreus and Fusarium spp. (6.89%), and A. versicolor, Absidia spp., Aureobasidium pullulans, Cladosporium spp., Curvularia spp., Moniliella acetoabutens, Moniliella suaveolans, Mucor spp. and Scopulariosis spp., 3.44%. Yeasts isolated were C. albicans (25%), Geotricum candidum (15%) and C. guilliermondii, C. parapsilosis, C. tropicalis, C. kefyer, Chrysosporium spp, Trichosporon spp, Rhodotorula spp. 7.5% and, C. famata, C. krusei, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae 2.5%. We report a high incidence of diverse fungi in milk from goats with sub-clinical mastitis around Baghdad which could pose a health risk in humans. The findings suggest that antibiotic treatments may affect incidence of fungi in goat milk.


Key words: goat, mastitis, Yeast, mould, Milk.