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Investigations on Transmissability of Moraxella bovis by the Face Fly

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The appearance and prevalence of the face fly, Musca autumnalis DeGeer, is suspected as a contributing factor in the increase of infectious bovine keratitis (pinkeye) in cattle. Preliminary studies were initiated in Massachusetts to determine the potential role of the face fly in the transmission of this disease. The more significant findings are: (a) the bacterium Moraxella bovis (Hauduroy) may remain viable in the environs of the fly up to 3 days; (b) M. bovis was readily recovered from the exudate from infected eyes; (c) M. bovis was readily recovered from wings and legs of face flies up to 3 days after exposure to laboratory cultures; (d) the bacterium apparently is rapidly destroyed in the digestive tract of the face fly; and (e) M. bovis was recovered from laboratory-reared flics exposed to lacrimal exudates on infected cattle in the field. Since the fly is a persistent feeder around eyes of cattle, these findings are further evidence tending to incriminate the face fly as a potential carrier of M. bovis.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1965

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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