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Sheep pox and goat pox

Last Modified: Fri, 25 May 2018 12:35:41 IST
Disease name Sheep pox and goat pox
Animal Health Law Category if applicable E, D, A
Species affected Ovine
Definition Sheep and goat pox are contagious viral diseases of small ruminants. Both diseases are caused by different strains of the capripoxvirus, with strains mostly causing severe disease in either sheep or goats. Some strains have been isolated that are equally pathogenic in both species. Infection causes fever and the formation of generalised papules or nodules, vesicles (rarely), internal lesions (lungs) and death. Sheep and goat pox is not considered a public health risk.
Status in Ireland Disease absent
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland 1850
DAFM Division Responsible NDCC & Border Inspection Posts
Contact Sally Gaynor SSVI
Legislation http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2016/si/130
Link to relevant external website
OIE Link http://www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/eng/Health_standards/tahm/2.07.14_S_POX_G_POX.pdf
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