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Enzootic intranasal tumour of goats in Italy.

Authors
  • Vitellozzi, G
  • Mughetti, L
  • Palmarini, M
  • Mandara, M T
  • Mechelli, L
  • Sharp, J M
  • Manocchio, I
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zentralblatt für Veterinärmedizin. Reihe B. Journal of veterinary medicine. Series B
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1993
Volume
40
Issue
7
Pages
459–468
Identifiers
PMID: 8284960
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An outbreak of enzootic intranasal tumour (EIT) in a goat herd in Central Italy is described. From October 1990 to September 1992 41 tumors were diagnosed in goats ranging in age from 6 months to 6 years and of both the Alpine and Saanen breeds. Clinically the affected goats showed nasal discharge, facial swelling, sneezing and snoring respiration and weight loss. Post-mortem examinations revealed uni- or bilateral tumours of the olfactory mucous membrane. The neoplasms were classified as low grade adenocarcinomas. Ultrastructurally, retrovirus-like particles were observed in 10/10 tumours examined. Epidemiological and ultrastructural findings strongly suggest a viral aetiology for intranasal enzootic adenocarcinoma in the goats examined.

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