Clostridium perfringens type A enterotoxemia has been identified as the leading cause of neonatal alpaca mortality in Peru (Ramírez, ). This paper analyse the beneficial effect of a multivalent vaccine in reducing mortality rates due to enterotoxemia in alpaca crias. The programme was. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Eimeria macusaniensis associated lesions in neonate alpacas dying from enterotoxemia | Histopathological.

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This paper attempts to provide an introduction and overview of some of the diseases of alpacas that may be seen in Australia. It is a work in progress, so I would be grateful for any feedback on errors or omissions.

It would benefit from input by an experienced camelid clinician, which I am not. I can be contacted by email.

Although not the subject of this article, for long term herd health it is important that the alpxcas fundamental elements are in place: Good nutrition and husbandry, protection from extremes of weather, parasite control strategies and genetic selection for health e.

One of the two types of alpaca. The two types are defined by their different fleece characteristics. Huacaya fibre is shorter than that of the suri, and it is well-crimped and grows perpendicular to the skin, somewhat similar to a sheep. Suris are the enteroyoxemia, less common, alpaca type. The climate of this area consists of a long, dry season and a short, wet season. The growing season wet is characterised by low temperatures more than nights of frost per year and intense solar irradiation.

Daytime temperatures reach a maximum of Camelids feed on native grasses and forbs 1. The digestive process in camelids is similar to that of ruminants. Both have forestomachs which function as a fermentation chamber. The end products of carbohydrate fermentation are volatile fatty acids VFA for both species groups. Both regurgitate and rechew forage rumination.

Camelids are more efficient than ruminants in extracting protein and energy from poor quality forages. The alpaca stomach has three compartments. Compartments one and two C1 and C2 are anaerobic fermentation chambers. Compartment three C3 corresponds to the true stomach of monogastrics or abomasum of ruminantsand has a small region of hydrochloric acid secretion at its caudal end.

Alpaca feet have two digits like ruminants, however they do not have hooves. The pad takes up most of the bottom surface of the foot.

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Toenails usually need to be trimmed periodically. The jugular vein is located deeper in the neck compared to ruminants, and is also close to the carotid artery.

There is some practical information on the internet which provides tips on blood collection. Two collection sites are described:. Gestation length is about Alpacas are induced ovulators, they ovulate about 26 hours after mating. Females are generally receptive to a male unless they have been recently bred or are pregnant. If a female is already pregnant she will refuse to sit and will probably spit at the male.


Females are usually remated weeks after giving birth. Entertoxemia involves the forceful expulsion of stomach content. Spitting is the ultimate response in social intercourse between alpacas, if mild threat displays are disregarded. It is used as a pecking dnterotoxemia mechanism with other alpacas. Both genders use it as a way to keep competitors away from food.

Females are more likely to spit than males and pregnant females are more spitty than non-pregnant females. Alpacas love rolling in the dirt.

Efecto protector de una vacuna polivalente anticlostridial sobre la mortalidad neonatal en alpacas

This creates scattered bare patches roll holes in the paddocks. Once a roll hole is established they will return to it repeatedly to roll. Many different bacterial species have been isolated from abscesses. These include StreptococciTrueperella formerly Corynebacterium pyogenesCorynebacterium pseudotuberculosisStaphylococcus aureusActinomyces sp. Many of these organisms are opportunistic in that they may be normal inhabitants of the skin or mucous membranes, and only become pathogens when an animal is stressed, there is a break in the skin, there are combinations of organisms that enhance each other, or there is an overwhelming contamination.

Skin abscesses may be due to penetrating grass seeds such as barley grass and spear grass. Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis deserves special mention because of its contagious nature. Contact with sheep is likely to be a risk factor. If infection is diagnosed in an alpaca it may be advisable to isolate the animal until the abscess is successfully treated. Surgical excision is recommended in addition to antibiotic therapy. It usually presents as an acute, septicaemic disease.

Sudden death may occur without premonitory signs being observed. Burkholderia pseudomallei is a saprophytic bacterium occurring in soil and surface water in South East Asia and tropical Northern Australia.

It is the cause of a bacterial infection called melioidosis, which is characterised by the development of abscesses. Infection may result from wound contamination, inhalation or ingestion. A fatal cause of melioidosis occurred in a 7-month-old alpaca within one month of it arriving in Darwin from South Australia. It had a multiple abscesses, including a subcutaneous abscess, caudal to the angle of the jaw, as well as abscesses in the lungs and mediastinal lymph nodes.

The authors suggested that alpacas may be highly susceptible to melioidosis. Campylobacter fetus subspecies fetus abortion in alpacas was reported in on a farm in the United Kingdom.

No cases of botulism have been reported in South American camelids, but there is good reason to believe that all camelids may be susceptible. Camelids are known to be susceptible to types A and C enterotoxaemia, though their occurrence has not been reported in alpacas in Australia.

Type D enterotoxaemia is also strongly suspected. It is common practice for alpaca owners in Australia to vaccinate alpacas with 5-in-1 vaccine every 6 months. This vaccine contains killed cellular material and toxoid from C. The latter two diseases, black disease and blackleg are not known to occur in alpacas, although blackleg has been produced experimentally. The recommendation to vaccinate 6 monthly comes partly from an unpublished Australian study done in the s, that suggested that annual vaccination would not provide protection against C.


Type A enterotoxemia is described as the most serious disease of neonatal alpacas in Peru. The main toxin produced is alpha toxin. Most of the losses occur between eight and thirty-five days of age.

A case of Type A enterotoxaemia was seen in crias in the UK, confirmed on analysis of toxin. They pre-partum vaccinated the rest of the herd with a way vaccine that did cover type A and they didn’t lose any more crias. Clinical signs in type A enterotoxaemia vary from sudden death to signs of colic, sometimes intestinal gas tympany, central nervous signs of convulsions and opisthotonus, shock and death.

Diarrhoea is not usually present. Postmortem lesions may include the following: Five-in-one Clostridial vaccine is unlikely to provide protection against this enterotoxaemia. Type C enterotoxemia resembles type A and is included with type A as an economically important disease in Peru, but recently researchers have concluded that of the two, type A is much more important.

An 8-in-1 vaccine is available in Australia, which includes protection against C. Alpacas ten to forty days of age are most often affected. Cases of type C enterotoxemia have been reported in North American camelids, but confirmation to toxin is rarely carried out. In North America, the usual necropsy findings are of a haemorrhagic enteritis, with blood-stained intestinal contents.

The intestines are distended with gas and are intensely congested. Pulmonary interstitial edema and hydro-pericardium are often seen. There may be cerebral oedema and neuronal degeneration in the brain. Five-in-one Clostridial vaccine is unlikely to protect against this enterotoxaemia. Type D enterotoxemia has not been diagnosed in camelids in Peru.

Sporadic cases have been reported in North America. Epsilon toxin is considered the main virulence factor. Type D enterotoxemia may be associated with sudden death or CNS signs such as convulsions, circling, prostration with opisthotonos and paddling, and coma. According to Fowler, necropsy lesions in camelids have not yet been adequately described and he refers readers to lesions described in sheep and cattle 1.

If testing for epsilon toxin in any species, it is advisable to collect and chill ileal content as soon as possible after death.

Malignant oedema caused by Clostridium septicumis an economically important disease of alpacas in Peru. It is also well enteroroxemia as an infection of sheep and cattle in Australia. The organism invades tissue through a necrotic, deep wound that provides anaerobic conditions. Oral wounds and bruises are common entrance sites in alpacas.

The degree of susceptibility of alpacas to tetanus is unknown. Two cases of tetanus in alpacas were reported from Peru. Lesions are most common on the back.

Affected areas have wet, clumped wool, which comes out in clumps. The underlying skin is erythematous, with erosions and exudate. It has also been associated with diarrhoea in crias 1however enterotoxigenic colibacillosis, as it occurs in calves and piglets, has not been confirmed.