PINKEYE

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Pinkeye

INFECTIOUS KERATOCONJUNCTIVITIS


  • Any number of diseases affecting the eye(s) of animalPink Eye in Goat
  • It can be highly contagious (to humans as well) seen mostly in summer and fall.
  • Inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva

Causes:

  • Mycoplasma conjunctiva, M. agalactia, Chlamydia psittiaci and a host of bacteria have been incriminated as causative agents

Symptoms:

  •  Side of face is wet due to discharge from eyes.
  • The conjunctiva of eye is red and swollen, the cornea may develop a slight haze or entirely opaque.Pink Eye in Goat
  • A few animals develop a corneal ulcer.
  • The eye is painful and held partially to completely closed.
  • Permanent blindness is possible.

Transmission:

  • Direct contact between animals, dust from feed or flies and dust transporting infectious agent from animal to animal.

 Treatment:

  • Separate animal from herd especially if it is infectious
  • Antibiotics – injectable, powder or ointment (Oxytetracycline, Tylosin), conjunctival flap, topical anesthetics, remove animal from sunlight, remove or cut down dust and flies.
  • Mildly affected goats can recover w/o treatment within 10-14 days

 Prevention:

  • Separate infected animals.
  • Isolate new animals, control dust and fly population, access to shade

References:

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Source 3

  • Faerber, C.W., McNeal, L., Harding, R.L., Hill, K.L., Merriam, J. and Durrant, S.M., 2009.Small Ruminant Production Medicine and Management (Sheep and Goats). Animal Health Publications, Brigham City, UT.
  • Small Ruminant Info Sheet by Susan Schoenian on 21-Dec-2009. University of Maryland Extension.
  • http://www.sheepandgoat.com/articles/pinkeye.html

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