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Contagious Ecthyma (Orf) in Sheep and Goats

Contagious Ecthyma (CE), also known as orf, contagious pustular dermatitis, or sore mouth, is perhaps the most commonly encountered skin disease in sheep and goats. This disease is seen in virtually every place in the world that raises thes animals. Every breed and age are susceptible, although young animals are more easily infected.

In addition to causing disease in sheep and goats it also has the ability to spread to the hands and arms of people handling infected animals.

Human, skin. Papules exhibit central necrosis and/or hemorrhage.

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A highly infectious pox virus disease of sheep and goats manifested by the occurrence of the pustular and scabby lesions on the lips, muzzle and udder.

Goat, lips. Papules and crusts interspersed with erosions extensively disfigure the lips.

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