I recently drew blood on all of my adult goats and shipped the blood to Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) for testing. I picked up my mail this morning and found an envelope with the test results.
I ran four tests on all my does:
- Caseous lymphadenitis (CL) is caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis bacterium. Human infection is rare but possible;
- Johne’s Disease is highly contagious among ruminants. The symptoms are similar to Crohn’s disease in humans although there is no current evidence to support a theory that a person can develop Crohn’s disease by exposure to Johne’s Disease;
- Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis. While there is no evidence that CAE is transmittable to humans it is a very infectious disease for goats; and
- Q-Fever. Q-fever is a bacterial infection that is zoonotic (transmissible to humans).
While I used to also test for Brucellosis and Tuberculosis, since there has been no reported incidences of either disease in goats in New Mexico for over 20 years, I did not test for those this time.
As expected, all of the does were negative for all four diseases. This weekend the three new does will be moved out of the quarantine pen and integrated into the doe pen.