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Sheep and goats
Outbreak of Morel's disease in a Swiss goat flock
  1. Bigna Rossetti1,
  2. Guolf Regi2,
  3. Karin Röttele3 and
  4. Gudrun Overesch1
  1. 1Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern, Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology, Bern, Switzerland
  2. 2Tierarztpraxis Calanda, Chur, Switzerland
  3. 3Office of Food Safety and Animal Health, Chur, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gudrun Overesch, gudrun.overesch{at}


Staphylococcus aureus subsp. anaerobius is the causative agent of Morel's disease in goats and sheep. We report the first outbreak of Morel's disease in a Swiss goat flock. Multilocus sequence typing revealed that the Swiss isolates belong to sequence type (ST)1464, which is the ST responsible for outbreaks worldwide.

  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Laboratory techniques
  • Molecular techniques
  • Goats
  • Sheep
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