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Miscellaneous Health Issues

There are several health issues that goat producers should be concerned about in addition to those mentioned in the other handouts.

These issues include the following:

Soremouth, also known as contagious ecthyma, is a highly contagious disease that is caused by a virus. Kids with the virus develop very sore blisters around their nose and mouth.

A toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium perfringens causes overeating disease or entertoxemia.

White Muscle Disease or stiff kid disease is caused by a deficiency of selenium, vitamin E or both.

Listeriosis or Circling Disease is caused by a bacteria that is found in high concentrations in moldy feed.

Meningeal worm or brain worm is caused by a parasite that is carried by deer.

Caprine arthritis and encephalitis or CAE is a disease that is common in dairy, but relatively rare in meat and fiber producing goats.

Caseous lymphadenitis is a disease that causes abscesses to form in the lymph nodes and internal organs.

Goats can become affected with eye problems that come from infectious or environmental irritants.