Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE)


Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE), commonly known as 'big knee', is caused by a lentivirus or 'slow' virus associated with nervous disorder (encephalomyelitis) in kids and slowly-developing disease syndromes in older goats. Symptoms can vary markedly between animals with most well managed goats showing no obvious clinical signs.

Contents include:

  • the virus
  • the disease
  • epidemiology
  • zoonotic risk
  • CAE risk factors
  • CAE control
  • CAE certification


Primefact 857 Second Edition

Published: Sep 2017