Braxy in Sheep
It is an acute toxemic infection of sheep characterized by abomasitis, toxemia and sudden death.
Caused by toxins of Cl. Septicum.
Geographical distribution: common in cold areas as U.K. and Australia.
Sheep of 6-18 months
Sources of infection: soil – feces – carcasses.
- Ingestion of contaminated grasses and water.
- Ingestion of shelled grasses or food causes chilling of the fore stomach
- Hemonchosis may act as predisposing cause
Primary abomasitis is essential for occurrence the disease. This permits invasion by Cl. Septicum, multiplication and toxin production leading to toxemia.
- Fever, depression, anorexia, bloat, abdominal pain, recumbence and death within few hours.
- Case fatality is 50%.
Post mortem lesions
- Edema, congestion, necrosis and ulceration of the abomasal wall.
- Penicillin as early as possible.