Caprine arthritis and encephalitis (CAE) is caused by a lentivirus and is most prevalent in dairy goats. Arthritis is the most common clinical sign in adult goats while encephalomyelitis can present in young kids.
Identification of seropositive (previously infected) goats can allow decisions for management of infected animals or culling options. Testing groups of animals to confirm absence of infection is also useful.
Characteristic pathology is found in infected animals. Post mortem and histopathology can be used to confirm infection.
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