How do you treat goat pox?
There is no specific treatment for sheep pox or goat pox, but supportive treatment may reduce morbidity and complications. Veterinarians who encounter or suspect sheep pox or goat pox should follow their national and/or local guidelines for disease reporting.
What is Capripox?
Capripox is acute febrile and highly contagious transboundary viral disease of sheep and goats3,67. In natural cases, the diseases have an incubation period of 1-2 weeks with mild to severe clinical signs in infected sheep and goats depending on breed of host and strains of Capripoxvirus68.
What is the causative agent of sheep pox?
Causative agent Sheep pox and goat pox result from infection by sheeppox virus (SPV) or goatpox virus (GPV), closely related members of the Capripox genus in the family Poxviridae.
What are the symptoms of goat pox?
The chief symptoms are those of fever and paralysis and skin lesions are seen on wool free areas. The skin lesions start as small pimples, which may expand and develop a pus-like discharge. Affected animals may abort their lambs or develop pneumonia and other respiratory problems.
What causes goat pox?
Sheep and goat pox viruses are spread by aerosol (respiratory secretions) between animals, direct contact or indirectly by fomites. The viruses are found in saliva, secretions from the nose or eyes, milk, urine and feces. The scabs from skin lesions are also contagious and may be present in dust or soil.
What causes cowpox?
Cowpox is a skin disease caused by a virus belonging to the Orthopoxvirus genus. Sporadic human cases of cowpox have been reported in Europe, mostly linked to handling of infected animal, usually rodents and cats. Human infection results from direct contact with an infected animal.
Can humans get sheep pox?
Orf is considered a zoonotic disease, meaning it affects animals; yet humans can contract the disease from infected sheep and goats. However, the orf virus is not transmitted human-to-human. Occupational acquisition of the disease is the most common means of contraction of the virus.