Back From the Vet: Caprine Arthritis & Encephalitis

CAE: What Do All These Letters Mean?

Back From the Vet: Caprine Arthritis & Encephalitis
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 3 minutes If you have been in the goat industry for much time, it is highly likely that you have heard of CAE. Aside from being just another acronym to worry about, what exactly is it? CAE stands for caprine arthritis and encephalitis, which is caused by a viral infection. This virus is very similar to the maedi-visna and ovine progressive pneumonia lentiviruses in sheep. In fact, it is suspected that these viruses can be shared among small ruminants. In goats, CAE is more commonly found in dairy breeds rather than meat or fiber goats. It is suspected that greater than 65% of goats test positive for the disease in industrialized countries like the US. There is evidence that the disease is less prevalent in developing countries. Due to it’s high prevalence, CAE can have a great impact on production. Signs of this infection in

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