Bovine Leukosis

Bovine Leukosis

Jeanette L. Floss, MU College of Veterinary Medicine, Richard F. Randle, Commercial Agriculture Program, University of Missouri

Enzootic bovine leukosis (EBL) is characterized by the development of tumors of lymphatic tissues (lymphosarcoma), such as the thymus, spleen and lymph nodes. These specialized organs are an integral component of the defense system that protects the animal against infection by producing antibodies and specialized cells which attack bacteria or viruses. Lymphoid cells are also found in other organ systems and circulating in the blood.

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