Mastitis
Relationship between SCC's & Milk Production
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Mastitis may be clinical or sub-clinical.

Sub-Clinical
Mild infections cause sub-clinical mastitis. Sub-clinical means that no outward signs of mastitis such as clots, swelling, elevated temperature, or unusual appearance of milk are visible. If sub-clinical mastitis persists, it causes fibrosis (scarring) of the tissues of the udder, which can be felt as hardening and knots in the tissue. The scar tissue replaces the milk secreting tissue and leads to lost milk production. Some bacteria especially Staph aureus can cause small abscesses in the tissue.

 

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