A total of seven Bacteroides ureolyticus strains were isolated from the cervix and the clitoral fossa of mares with vaginal discharge. No other bacteria capable of causing metritis or vaginitis were isolated from the samples. The isolated strains resembled Taylorella equigenitalis. Both species are catalase, oxidase and alkaline phosphatase positive, but, in addition to these characteristics, B. ureolyticus strains produced urease and they could not tolerate 10% O2. They also failed to be agglutinated in a hyperimmune serum raised against T. equigenitalis; however, B. ureolyticus and T. equigenitalis were agglutinated in the slide agglutination test in a serum produced against one of the B. ureolyticus isolates. Further investigations are needed to clarify the pathologic role of B. ureolyticus in genital infections of mares and other animals.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Veterinary Medicine, Series B|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1995|
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