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Sheep and goats
Cache Valley virus as a cause of fetal abnormalities in a litter of three Boer kids
  1. Jessica Harvey1,
  2. Joseph Smith2,
  3. Nicole Jackson1,
  4. Amanda Kreuder2,
  5. Tyler Dohlman2 and
  6. Jodi Smith3
  1. 1 Lloyd VMC, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa, USA
  2. 2 VDPAM, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa, USA
  3. 3 Veterinary Pathology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joseph Smith; jss303{at}


A 10-month-old Boer doe presented for dystocia. On caesarean section, three non-viable fetuses, with multiple developmental abnormalities, including hydranencephaly were recovered. Subsequent testing demonstrated the presence of Cache Valley virus in the doe, kids and herdmates. Preventive efforts of insect control and delaying the breeding season to correspond to decreased insect activity resulted in no additional abnormalities in the herd over the two years after the presentation of this case.

  • Cache Valley virus
  • goat
  • fetal abnormalities
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  • Contributors JH served as an intern in the FACH and contributed to manuscript construction. JSS was the faculty clinician and oversaw case management, herd follow-up and manuscript construction. NJ was the resident on the case, and performed the surgical procedure. AK and TD were additional faculty clinicians on the case and contribute to manuscript construction. JS was the faculty pathologist on the case and also contributed to manuscript construction.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement No additional data are available.

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