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ATTEMPTED PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF GEIGERIA FILIFOLIA MATTF. POISONING (VERMEERSIEKTE) IN SHEEP

J.P.J. JOUBERT

 

ABSTRACT: Joubert J.P.J. Attempted prevention and treatment of Geigeria filifolia Mattf. poisoning (vermeersiekte) in sheep. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association (1983) 54 No.4, 255-258 (En). Section of Toxicology, Veterinary Research Institute, 0110 Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa.

A pilot trial with 2 sheep per group demonstrated that no protection is provided by cysteine, sulphur or sodium thiosulphate, when administered simultaneously with daily doses of Geigeria filifolia plant material. Treatment with piracetam of 4 sheep showing symptoms of vermeersiekte did not improve their recovery rate. Serum enzyme activity tests for creatine phosphokinase, glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase and gamma glutamyl transpeptidase were of no diagnostic use.

 

Key words: Prevention, treatment, Geigeria filijolia, Vermeersiekte, plant poisoning, sheep.

 

Published

Journal of the South African Veterinary Association, vol 54(4), 1983