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Scours - Salmonellosis Print E-mail
Written by Administrator-GL   
Monday, 30 March 2009


Title: Scours - Salmonellosis

This disease effects 3 age groups:
1 week old babies, kids at 2-8 weeks old and adults.

Prognosis can be from grave to guarded in order of age group, adults having the best prognosis.
Young baby kids will have a black tarry sometimes stringy and blood streaked diarrhea.
Newborns may die in the first 36 hours of life with little or no signs (there may be signs of depression).
Occasionally gaseous stomach or pain in the gut or diarrhea may be seen.
In older kids, the onset of depression and anorexia is sudden, followed by a profuse, watery foul smelling yellow to greenish-brown diarrhea. Fever as high as 107 may be present. Affected kids quickly get severely dehydrated, weak and go recumbant. Some may die within 8 hours of onset of diarrhea , most die within 24-48 hours. Fever usually subsides after 24 hours and becomes sub-normal as the baby becomes shocky begins to fail.

Adult form is more sporadic, with less chance of morbidity. Adults may get Acute or Chronic disease.
Acute:Adult goats become acutely depressed, anorexic and febrile developing a very watery, foul smelling greyish, or yellow green-brown diarrhea. Rapid dehydration and weakness develop and death can occur within 24-48 hours.
The chronic form of the adult disease, has similar but milder symptoms. Recovery with recurrent diarrhea can bring the goat down slowly eventually causing anemia and emaciation.

For treatment, other causes of scours need to be ruled out first. Treatment should consist of rehydrating and correcting electrolyte imbalance, paying attention to potassium .. sodium bicarbonate and potassium can be supplemented to the electrolyte solution. Supplemental glucose is also very helpful. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be used (Banamine) for treatment of shock and alleviate pain. Water soluble sulfonamides and tetracyclines are most useful. Isolate affected goats and keep warm. This disease can be transmitted to humans, use caution and gloves when treating and wash hands after treatment and contact.
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