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Clostridial Diseases

Clostridial diseases are a serious threat to unvaccinated sheep. The clostridial bacteria can form tough spores that can survive for many years. These spores are everywhere in the environment and in the soil.

Infection from clostridial bacteria can cause death within hours of rapid bacterial multiplication and exotoxin production although lambs with tetanus can survive for several days.

There are three main types of clostridial disease – those affecting the alimentary system, those causing muscle damage and those causing nervous damage.

There are established vaccination protocols using toxoid vaccines which prevent all common clostridial diseases.

For more information on clostridial diseases, diagnosis, treatment and prevention click here.

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