[Editor: This untitled item, regarding Australian cattle, is an extract from the “Notes” section published in Nature (London, England), 2 September 1915.]
Australian cattle may be affected by nodules below the skin caused by the presence of “nests” of small nematode worms (Onchocerca gibsoni).
Dr. Georgina Sweet has lately investigated the occurrence elsewhere of such parasites (published by the Ministry of Trade and Customs, Melbourne). She finds that the identical species is present in cattle in the Malay countries, while other species of Onchocerca afflict Bos indicus and B. bubalis in India.
The original host is believed to be the Indo-Malayan Gaur (B. gaurus), whence the parasites have been passed to cattle in the Malayan and Australian regions. Unfortunately the mode of transmission is still unknown.
Nature (London, England), 25 November 1915, p. 350 (column 1)
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