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Haemonchus contortus (Barber Pole Worm) Infestation in Goats
Maria Leite-Browning
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Publication Date: 11/10/2006

Gastrointestinal nematodes, commonly known as worms, present the greatest danger to the goat industry in the Southeastern region of the United States. Haemonchus contortus, commonly referred to as the barber pole worm, is a clinical problem for goats. Anemia, low packed cell volume (PCV), diarrhea, dehydration, peripheral, and internal fluid accumulation are common signs of barber pole worm infestation. Infested goats have lower growth rates, markedly reduced reproductive performance, and have higher rates of illness and death. Consequently, H. contortus may account for greatly reduced profits in a goat operation.