The thing about this disease is that Lab test don't really tell you anything except when testing the actual abcesses.. Another problem is that too many breeders have just considered it a "nuisance" disease rather than the horrid disease that it is. Some believe that vacinating against this disease can prevent it. However, vacinating will not cure it if your goat already has it. The best way to prevent it is to never have it by purchasing clean animals. As others have said, this virus can live in the soil for years, waiting for the opportunity to infect your goats. Don't contaminate your property by bringing that disease on your farm. There are other abcesses that are caused by splinters or thorns etc. A CL abcess will usually have "toothpaste" type puss in it and it usually don't have much of an odor. They are always located on a lymph node. These are the ones you see, there are other abcesses on internal lymph nodes. This disease also is reported to be contaigious to humans also. Extreme care should be taken when dealing with this disease.