CONTAGIOUS ECTHYMA (ORF OR SOREMOUTH)

BY DVM CODY W. FAERBER.

Introduction/Causative Agent: Contagious ecthyma (CE), also known as soremouth or orf, is an acute infectious disease of sheep and goats. Contagious ecthyma is caused by a virus that is a member of the poxvirus group. The disease is widespread in the sheep population and affects all breeds. Young animals are generally more susceptible than adults.

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