Story: Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer

Scabby mouth virus (2nd of 2)

Scabby mouth virus

This virus can exist in the soil for many years and is very contagious, but can only enter the body through a wound. Shearers will not shear scabby sheep. The disease is also known as orf, contagious pustular dermatitis, and contagious ecthyma.

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University of Otago, Virus Research Unit, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

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Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, 'Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer - Sheep external parasites and fungal diseases', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20336/scabby-mouth-virus (accessed 22 June 2021)

Story by Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, published 24 Nov 2008