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...