- Goat Pox are caused by small droplets in the air and by contact with sick animals.
- 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.
- 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.
- There is no effective treatment.
- Antibiotics may help prevent pneumonia.
- A vaccine is available for use in problem areas.
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