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Mycoplasmosis in Goats


Joan S. Bowen

, DVM, Wellington, CO

Last full review/revision Jan 2014 | Content last modified Jun 2016

See also Contagious Agalactia Contagious Agalactia and see Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia Contagious caprine pleuropneumonia is a highly fatal disease that occurs in goats in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. It was seen for the first time on European soil in Thrace, Turkey, in... read more Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia . Kids infected with Mycoplasma mycoides mycoides (large colony variant) or other Mycoplasma spp may show severe lameness with multiple hot swollen joints, weight loss, pyrexia, and poor coats. Some have diarrhea, and some have increased lung sounds and respiratory rates. Affected kids are generally 2–4 wk old. Morbidity and mortality rates of 90% and 30%, respectively, have been reported. Adult does with Mycoplasma infection may have mastitis and polyarthritis. Treatment is with tetracycline, tylosin, or tiamulin, but prognosis for complete recovery is guarded.

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