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Mastitis in dairy cattle is the persistent,  inflammatory reaction of the udder tissue. This potentially fatal mammary gland infection is the most common disease in dairy cattle in the United States.  It is also the most costly to the dairy industry. Milk from cows suffering from mastitis has an increased somatic cell count.


Bacterial cells of Staphylococcus aureus, one of the causal agents of mastitis in dairy cows. Its large capsule protects the organism from attack by the cow's immunological defenses.

To find more information regarding the impact the disease has on dairy cattle and the farmers, follow these links to various institutions that have studied the varied affects that mastitis has on the dairy cattle industry worldwide.