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Co-infections responsible for cattle respiratory diseases

Respiratory diseases are major causes of mortality, morbidity, and economic losses in cattle. Different pathogens, notably viruses and bacteria, are responsible for lower respiratory tract infections in bovines. By weakening their host, these pathogens facilitate opportunistic co-infections by other pathogens. In addition to the direct impact on animal health, these co-infections are major causes of the excessive use of antibiotics in farms. These treatments alter commensal flora of animals, which are known to participate in the biological equilibrium and immune status of organisms, thus increasing the risks of developing other illnesses. Furthermore, widespread and improper use of antibiotics in agriculture results in their release in the environment which favours the emergence of resistant bacteria and constitutes a serious threat for ecosystems and human health. These pressing concerns warrant a discussion concerning policies for antibiotics use in farms and livestock management practices to prevent such co-infections.

The objective of this series is to provide a comprehensive coverage of up-to-date research related to respiratory co-infections affecting cattle, in line with their impact on animal and human health, together with the preventive and curative measures that can be developed to control their impact. The series will focus on the most prevalent pathogens responsible for cattle disease, such as bovine respiratory syncytial virus, influenza D virus, bovine tuberculosis, and associated co-infections.

Edited by Dr Marie Galloux and Dr St├ęphane Biacchesi

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