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Sheep pox and goat pox

Last Modified: Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:26:47 GMT
Disease name
Sheep pox and goat pox
Species affected
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
DAFM Division Responsible
NDCC & Border Inspection Posts
Sally Gaynor SSVI
Link to relevant external website