Goat Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis

The main problem in goats affected by this organism is abortions. The organism is a protozoan called Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasma is a one-celled parasite. It is more of a problem in sheep and is a major cause of abortion, mummification, stillbirth, and weak kids. Cats are the carrier of the organism. They become infected by eating uncooked meat scraps, …

Goat Brucellosis

This disease results from infection by various species of Brucella. Six species occur in humans and animals. B.melitensis is the most important species in sheep and goats, and B. ovis causes infertility in rams.

Brucellosis is found worldwide but it is well controlled in most developed countries. The disease is still common in Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, …

Goat Q-Fever

Q-fever results from infection by Coxiella burnetti. This is an unusual spore-like organism that is highly resistant to environmental conditions. It is found worldwide, except in New Zealand, and transmitted to humans and other animals by aerosol, direct contact with reproductive discharges,or infected milk. Ticks can spread infection among ruminants and people.

Since the organism is so resistant in the …