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Sheep Scab

Last Modified: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:33:38 IST
Disease name
Sheep Scab
Species affected
Sheep scab is a contagious, highly pruritic disease caused by the mite Psoroptes ovis. Affected sheep develop large, yellowish, scaly, crusted lesions, accompanied by damage to the wool and hide. Emaciation and secondary bacterial infections can occur in untreated animals, pregnant sheep give birth to smaller lambs, and lambs that become infested may lose condition rapidly and die. (The Center for Food Security and Public Health. IOWA State University(
Status in Ireland
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland
DAFM Division Responsible
NDCC & International Division
Sally Gaynor SSVI
Link to relevant external website