Sheep pox

Last Modified: Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:02:15 IST
Disease name Sheep pox
Animal Health Law Category if applicable E, D, A
Species affected Ovine
Description Sheep pox is a contagious viral disease of small ruminants. The disease is 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 pox is not considered a public health risk.
Status in Ireland Absent
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland 1850
DAFM Division Responsible NDCC & Border Inspection Posts
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Notifiable in Ireland Yes
OIE Listed Yes
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