Goat Cae

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CAE stands for Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis. It is a virus that affects goats and not humans. Goats pass CAE to each other via infected colostrum, milk, or blood. It is not passed from feces, breeding, or sharing food and water.(CAE) is a member of the small ruminant lentiviruses which may lead to chronic disease of the joints, and on rare occasions, encephalitis in goat kids less than six months of age. The CAE virus is intimately associated with white blood cells; therefore, any body secretions which contain blood cells are potential sources of virus to other goats in the herd. Since not all goats that become infected with CAE virus progress to disease, it is important to test goats routinely for infection by means of a serology test which detects viral antibodies in the serum. In a simple sense, CAE is a viral infection that surfaces as a form of arthritis. It impacts adult goat mobility and quality of life. There is no known cure for CAE, so proactive herd monitoring and careful management are required to reduce the incidence and prevent transmission of the disease. The following steps are recommended to prevent CAEV transmission: 1. Immediately remove the kids from their dams at birth (with the sack intact until the kid is out of its mother's body, if possible), being careful to prevent the does from licking their kids. Then take the kid inside and wash it in warm water, in a clean sink. 2. Provide heat treated, artificial or cow colostrum. Do not pool colostrum from mothers that might be infected and then feed the pooled colostrum to your isolated kids! 3. Feed pasteurized or powdered milk. 4. Separate all possibly infected animals from uninfected animals by a double fence with at least 10 feet between the fences. Do not use common feeders, waterers or salt blocks. 5. Milk negative and younger does before milking positive and older does. 6. When possible, breed negative does with negative bucks. If negative and positive animals are mated, use a...
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