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SORE MOUTH, CONTAGIOUS ECTHYMA ALSO KNOWN AS CE
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.
This factsheet is one of many on the common infectious diseases of animals and will outline the causes, treatments and means of prevention for this disease.
The Cause and Appearance of the Disease
CE is most commonly seen on the lips and mouth of infected animals, but lesions may also occur on the udder and between the toes. The disease begins with water filled blebs that eventually become pustules. When the pustules break, raised brown scabs form over the resulting wounds. If a number of pustules are found close to each other, large scabs result. It is usually at this stage of the disease that farmers notice that they have a problem. If there is no further infection of the lesions, the disease will clear up in one to four weeks. Animals that contact the disease usually develop a strong immunity and will not be re-infected for at least one year.
Effect on a flock
Infection in humans
If someone handling infected sheep or goats develops such wounds it is important to see a family doctor and to let them know that you are working with infected animals.
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