Staphylococcus spp

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Gangrenous mastitis due to Staphylococcus spp infection

Staphylococcus are a Gram-positive bacteria which are implicated in a wide range of cattle diseases worldwide.

Species which have been recognized as pathogenic in cattle include:

  • S. aureus
  • S. intermedius
  • S. epidermidis
  • S. simulans
  • S. chromogenes

Diseases commonly associated with this bacteria include:

S. aureus[1], S. aureus, coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS)[2]

These bacteria are sensitive to most broad-spectrum antimicrobial therapy such as penicillins, fluoroquinolones such as enrofloxacin and ceftiofur.


  1. Syring C et al (2012) Bovine mastitis: the diagnostic properties of a PCR-based assay to monitor the Staphylococcus aureus genotype B status of a herd, using bulk tank milk. J Dairy Sci 95(7):3674-3682
  2. Mørk T et al (2012) Persistence of staphylococcal species and genotypes in the bovine udder. Vet Microbiol 159(1-2):171-180