‘Kweek Tremors’, Cynodum dactylonFriday, 2nd October 2020
By Dr Mackie Hobson
Reported in sheep and calves in the OFS and Highveld.
Clinical signs start after 1-2 days. Muscle tremors, ataxia, paresis. Walk with stiff hind legs and a short choppy gait and often lift legs high. Nodding of head, side-ways movement Morbidity varies 5-35%.
Signs often precipitated by exercise.
Lie in sternal position and eat and drink.
Condition seldom fatal.
May recover after a couple of days but may last weeks.
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