Colibacillosis

Colibacillosis – The first one, colibacillosis, is an acute disease of lambs and kids that affects them during the first few days of life. It is caused by Escherichia coli, a common gut bacterial flora, and there are two basic forms: enteric and septicemic. The clinical signs are of the enteric form are diarrhea, dehydration and death. There is little or no time to figure out this disease and take steps to save the kid or lamb. The septicemic form usually occurs in lambs and kids that are two to six weeks old and the only clinical sign is sudden death. Diagnosis is upon necropsy. Treatment is usually not practical due to the acute nature of the disease and is very expensive. If administered, treatment would consist of antibiotics and fluids administered intravenously. The key to prevention is is clean, sanitary environments, avoidance of stressful situations such as sale barns or cold temperatures, and plenty of colostrum.

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