Sudden death of goats due to enterotoxaemia
Keywords:Enterotoxaemia, Clostridium perfringens, Goats
An occurrence of sudden death in goats is presented. Most of the death were without symptons but some animals exhibited diarrhoea, incoordination of movements and, before their death, spelted strong cries. The isolation of anaerobic Gram-positive rod, biochemically identified as Clostridium perfringens was possible in intestines, reticulum and food samples. Filtrates of these organs revelated a termolabile and high lethal toxin when inoculated into mice. Macroscopically it was seen hemorrhages in the intestines mucosa and stomachs filled up with food. Those aspects associated to the laboratory findings led to the diagnostic of enterotoxaemia.
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