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Name:  Deer Worm, or Meningeal Worm, or Moose Sickness

Species:  Goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, camels, moose, and some exotic hoofstock. There is no age or breed predilection. However, disease is generally more severe in camelids and moose than other species.

Age:  Any age

Breed/Sex Predilection:  None

What is it?  Infection with deer worm is a parasitic disease that causes severe central nervous system inflammation. It usually occurs in the Fall and early Winter in the Southeast.

Cause:  The parasitic nematode worm Paraelpahastrogylus tenuis, better know as the “deer worm.” It is carried by White Tailed Deer.

Diagnosis:  Animals lose their ability to walk and stand normally. Often times, the ani...

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