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by Gary Pfalzbot
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Soremouth, also called orf, scabby mouth, or by it's clinical name, Contagious Ecthyma is characterized by a sudden appearance of lesions, usually around the mouth area such as the lips or gums. It can also appear (or be spread) on the face, ears, coronary bands, scrotum, teats, vulva, neck, chest and flank. It is a herpes-linked organism that likes a copper-deficient host and is very contagious for goats at risk through copper deficiency. Vaccines are available but it should be pointed out that it introduces the virus into the herd. Certain remedies such as creams are available to aid in lessening the pain involved with the scabbing this virus causes. The soremouth virus may infect humans. Care should be taken when handling goats who have soremouth.

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