Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Department of


Date of this Version

January 1992


Published in J Vet Diagn Invest 4:471-472 (1992).


Enterococci in the alimentary tract of animals are believed to be commensal bacteria.3 However, Enterococcus durans has been associated with diarrhea in foals, piglets, and puppies. The possibility that E. durans is associated with diarrhea in calves has not been established, although grampositive cocci adhered to villi, occasionally together with Cryptosporidia, have been seen histologically in the small intestine of diarrheic calves. This report describes the association of E. durans and diarrhea in 4 calves.