Sheep pox and goat pox

Last Modified: Mon, 10 Jul 2023 11:58:35 IST
Disease name Sheep pox and goat pox
Animal Health Law Category if applicable E, D, A
Species affected Ovine
Description 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 Absent
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland 1850
DAFM Division Responsible NDCC
S.I. No. 130/2016 - Notification and Control of Diseases affecting Terrestrial Animals (No. 2) Regulations 2016. (
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Notifiable in Ireland Yes
WOAH Listed Yes