Ecthyma Contagiosum


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A benign self-limited parapoxvirus infection acquired by handling infected sheep and goat skins and flesh which, in young animals, causes watery warty lesions of the cornea, mucous membranes and lips
Agent Orf virus is similar to that causing milker’s nodes
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Keywords: Orf, Ecthyma contagiosum, Ovine slaughter.
Orf (ecthyma contagiosum) is considered an uncommon zoonotic viral infection caused by a Parapox virus, which results in ulcerative stomatitis in mainly sheep and goats.1 The disease may be transmitted to humans by direct or indirect contact of damaged skin with infected animals.
Control of ecthyma contagiosum (pustular dermatitis) of sheep with a new parenteral cell culture live vaccine.