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Listeriosis
by Gary Pfalzbot
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Listeriosis is a serious disease of many animals, goats and humans among them, due to a bacterium of widespread occurence in soil, etc., particularly associated with eating contaminated silage (moldy hay). Infection can have various results - encephalitis, septicaemia, abortion, and so on. Listeriosis is caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, found in soil, water, plant litter, silage and a goat's digestive tract. Listeriosis is brought on by feeding silage, sudden changes in kind of feed, parasitism, dramatic weather changes and advanced stages of pregnancy. Symptoms of listeriosis include - depression, decreased appetite, fever, leaning or stumbling or moving in one direction only, head pulled to flank with rigid neck, facial paralysis on one side, slack jaw, and drooling, abortions. Treatment for listeriosis is most often through the administration of Procaine penicillin every six hours for three to five days, then daily for an additional seven days.

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About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.

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