Back from the Vet: Caseous Lymphadenitis in Goats

Back from the Vet: Caseous Lymphadenitis in Goats
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes Preventing the spread of contagious disease in livestock has become increasingly more important, as livestock owners strive to ensure the health of their charges. Insidious diseases such as caseous lymphadenitis are having increasing ramifications for health and production within herds. In order to appropriately manage a goat herd for this disease, it is imperative to understand the disease process as well as the current diagnostics available.   Caseous lymphadenitis is caused by bacteria, Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. This bacteria has two different groups. One that causes caseous lymphadenitis in sheep and goats, and one that causes pigeon fever in horses. While it is the same organism, they are of a different strain, or biotype. This bacteria can enter the body of a goat through any skin injury, from dehorning and castrating to a simple scratch. It can also enter the body across mucous membranes such as those

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