Spontaneous Baccharis coridifolia poisoning in cattle Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Two outbreaks of Baccharis coridifolia poisoning in cattle in southern Brazil are described. Cases occurred when stressed, hungry and thirsty cattle brought from pastures free of B. coridifolia were placed into pastures heavily infested by this poisonous plant. In the two outbreaks morbidity was 21.73% and 22.51% and lethality was virtually 100%. Clinical signs included mild bloat, instability of hind limbs, muscle tremors, dry muzzle, dry feces or diarrhea, polydipsia and restlessness. Consistent necropsy findings included dehydration, large amounts of ruminai fluid, reddening and erosions of the mucosae of the forestomachs. Degeneration and necrosis of the lining epithelium of the forestomachs and of lymphoid tissue were the main histopathological changes encountered.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rissi, D. R., Rech, R. R., Fighera, R. A., Cagnini, D. Q., Kommers, G. D., & Barros, C.

citation count

  • 23

publication date

  • April 2005