Development of innovative tools for the detection and control of caprine arthritis encephalitis virus

Agrifutures Australia

Type: Research Paper, PDF

Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) is a disease in goats that can have a devastating effect on dairy goat production. It is a slow progressive, chronic debilitating disease of adult animals, but in some breeds severe, acute encephalitis may be encountered in kids at a very young age. CAEV infections can have a significant impact on animal welfare due to the chronic nature of the diseases that may develop (arthritis, pneumonia, mastitis), and economically results in decreased animal lifespan and production, premature culling, and trade restrictions.

This report evaluates different diagnostic tests and sample types from naturally and experimentally infected animals to identify more cost-effective testing strategies that can be offered to the dairy goat industry in Australia. CAEV is an eradicable disease, and this research aims to support CAEV eradication at the individual herd and potentially national herd level.

2019 - Agrifutures Australia
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