Goat Pox

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Goat Pox


Causes:

  • Goat Pox are caused by small droplets in the air and by contact with sick animals.

Symptoms:

  • Sheep/goat pox infects all ages but is more severe in young animals. Early symptoms are a runny nose, red eyes, fever, poor hair coat, standing with an arched back, and lack of appetite.
  • One or 2 days later, numerous nodules (lumps) develop all over the body but are most visible in areas with little or no hair. Most of these lumps develop a scab that remains for 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Removal of these scabs leaves a pit or pock mark. The same type of eruption will develop inside the mouth and throughout the body.
  • Sheep and goat pox should be differentiated from contagious ecthyma.

Transmission:

  • Common in the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and Africa, this virus-caused disease is spread by small droplets in the air and by contact with sick animals.

Treatment:

  • There is no effective treatment.

Prevention:

  • Antibiotics may help prevent pneumonia.
  • A vaccine is available for use in problem areas.

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