Small Ruminants

Meningeal Worm Infection in Central Iowa Goat Herds II: Individual Cases and Treatment Using a Camelid Therapeutic Protocol

Authors
  • Joe Smith (Iowa State University)
  • Amanda Kreuder (Iowa State University)
  • Ryan Breuer (Iowa State University)
  • Kelly Still-Brooks (Colorado State University)

Abstract

Meningeal worm (Paralaphostrongylus tenuis) infection, also known as cerebrospinal nematodiasis, is a common parasitic infection in New World Camelids in the United States. There is also a considerable risk for this disease in the Boer goat population. Despite the rapidly increasing size of the national goat herd, there are no treatment protocols reported in the literature for goats with this disease. This study describes a successful clinical approach and treatment of 3 Boer goat cases with therapy previously reported for use in New World Camelids. The clinical presentation, diagnosis, and long-term outcome of P. tenuis infections in these goats presented to ISU Food Animal and Camelid Hospital (FACH) is reported here within. Practitioners should be aware that clinical presentation and diagnosis are similar for goats as reported for camelids with cerebrospinal nematodiasis. Additionally, the described treatment protocols for camelids appear to demonstrate a comparative efficacy in goats.

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Smith, J., Kreuder, A., Breuer, R. & Still-Brooks, K., (2019) “Meningeal Worm Infection in Central Iowa Goat Herds II: Individual Cases and Treatment Using a Camelid Therapeutic Protocol”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 16(1).

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Published on
11 Aug 2019