When this was pulled away the pus beneath it showed the actinomyces grains to the naked eye.
Bollinger determined that the actinomyces bovis (Streptothrix bovis) is the cause of actinomycosis in cattle in 1877.
These latter areas were the seat of multiplication of the actinomyces fungus.
The actinomyces gain access to the bone through a carious tooth or through the gum.
This organism, also called Streptothrix actinomyces, apparently stands midway between the bacteria and the molds.
The tumors and abscesses wherever they may be are all found to be the same in origin by the presence of the actinomyces fungus.
The actinomyces grains are, however, easily observed if the diseased tissue is carefully examined.
The diagnosis does not offer any difficulties, since the presence of the actinomyces fungus at once removes any existing doubts.
The danger therefore of the presence of actinomyces for healthy animals is a limited one.
Actinomyces Ac·ti·no·my·ces (āk'tə-nō-mī'sēz')
A genus of nonmotile, non-spore-producing, anaerobic to facultatively anaerobic bacteria pathogenic to humans.