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Contagious Ecthyma (Orf/Sore Mouth) in Sheep and Goats
Maria Leite-Browning
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Publication Date: 01/10/2017

Contagious ecthyma, also known as orf or sore mouth, is a zoonotic disease, which means that it is easily transmitted from animals to humans. It induces acute pustular lesions in the skin of goats, sheep, and wild ruminants worldwide. Young animals are the most susceptible to contracting the disease. Kids and lambs can contract sore mouth after a few weeks of birth. However, sore mouth outbreaks in young animals are most frequent during postweaning.