Soremouth

Soremouth

By DVM 360

Soremouth or contagious ecthyma is caused by infection with a parapox virus and commonly presents as crusts around the nose and lips of young lambs and kids that interfere with feeding and slow growth rates. Lesions may also occur on the teats and udders of does or ewes nursing affected young stock and may be a source of infection for producers that hand milk their goats. Less commonly, soremouth may appear as crusts and grey scurf near the hooves at the coronary band. Producers administering the live-virus vaccine or handling lambs and kids with crusts may develop blisters on their hands that progress to welts and raised painful plaques. Occasional producers have developed severe, life-threatening pneumonia when diseased young cough virus in their faces. Producers handling affected young or using live virus vaccine should wear gloves and face masks, and they should keep the reconstituted vaccine away from eyes, face, mouth and hands.