Bacterial flora in foals with upper respiratory tract infections in Poland

J Vet Med B Infect Dis Vet Public Health. 2002 Aug;49(6):294-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1439-0450.2002.00570.x.


Bacteria isolated from nasal cavity of 80 foals with upper respiratory tract infection, as well as from 20 healthy foals, were examined. Within the group of sick animals, from 18 (22.5%) bacteria with recognized pathogenicity were isolated. Coagulase-negative staphylococci and Acinetobacter sp. were the dominant species identified (100 and 45%, respectively). No bacteria species with recognized pathogenicity were isolated from the group of healthy animals. Three cases of death within the group of sick foals were investigated. Rhodococcus equi in two cases and Klebsiella pneumoniae pneumoniae together with Escherichia coli were isolated post-mortem from lung abscesses.

MeSH terms

  • Acinetobacter / isolation & purification
  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Case-Control Studies
  • DNA Primers
  • DNA, Bacterial / isolation & purification
  • Horse Diseases / microbiology*
  • Horses
  • Poland
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / veterinary
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / microbiology
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / veterinary*
  • Staphylococcus / isolation & purification


  • DNA Primers
  • DNA, Bacterial