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I girl that I sold babies too last year emailed me that she has lost one of them. :cry: The vet feels she had encephalitis. Does anyone know anything about this. I only find info on this in humans not in goats. But did read that in humans it can be passed by a mosquitoes I am posting what is says. Could this be where she picked it up? Thanks for the help.

"Mosquitoes can also transmit the viruses for several types of encephalitis, including West Nile encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and Western Equine encephalitis"
 

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I have not, but I will look it up in some medical books i have for the goats. I am really sorry.
 

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Look up CAE.
Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) is a lentiviral infection of goats 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 white 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.
http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts_waddl/caefaq.aspx

Now, I'm not saying that's what it is, but that's what comes to my mind. Hope it's not.
 

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The first thing that occured to me is that the vet might have missed goat polio which is fairly common. Encephalitis is just a swelling of the brain which could be from many causes. If the vet is a horse vet, he might not think of goat polio.
 

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this is the email that she sent to me. I am not sure which vet she used, so not sure if they do know anything about goats.
"Zoey seems to be sick and I don't know what to do? She ate good yesterday and then lastnight she seemed to want to just lay in her coop a lot which is not like her while her sister was out eating. Today she isnt eating and still wanting to just lay down, we have been trying to make her get up and walk but she just doesn't seem to want to, she isnt eating but has drank some water. Her puples are really big now, not earlier"

She was 1yr and 3 months old. I did not get her email on this until this morning, and she sent it to me saturday, sometimes I wonder about email getting where it is suppose to. This is very hard for me.
 

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Of course I know nothing about what is really going on but I think that, unless the vet is a goat vet, I would start treating for goat polio and listeriosis (if the goat has a temp.) It won't hurt and could save the goatie's life.
 
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