DETECTION OF SUBCLINICAL MASTITIS IN DROMEDARY CAMELS(CAMELUS DROMEDARIES) USING SOMATIC CELL COUNTS, CALIFORNIAMASTITIS TEST AND UDDER PATHOGEN
Keywords:Dromedary camel, udder, milk, somatic cell, bacteria
A total of 120 quarter milk samples from 30 clinically healthy dromedary camel from Al-Jouf, Saudi Arabia were cultured to detect subclinical udder infection. The milk samples were screened by somatic cell count (SCC) and California mastitis test (CMT). Gram-positive cocci were the dominant recovered udder pathogen. The mean value of SCC was 125,000 cells/ mm3 . Infected quarter had generally higher mean values for SCC and CMT scores. Both SCC and CMT were of value in predicting the infection status of the udder.