Goat pox



Organism:  One of the family of pox viruses


Small red pimples or swellings on teats and udders of milking does. The edges of the pimples will be dark red with raised edges. The blisters break and leave tender areas. If undisturbed, pus forms within the blisters, dries up, a scab forms and falls off. Mastitis may be present.
On kids there may be sores in the armpits, thighs, nose and mouth as well as fever, loss of appetite and respiratory distress. There may also be discharges from the eyes and nose.
Other diseases to consider:

"Falsepox": In true pox, there will be inflammation and pits. In "falsepox" there will be no inflammation and no pits.

Difficulty rating:   [bold type applies]

DEFINITELY a matter for your veterinarian
Do these things until you can reach the vet
You may be able to handle it youself; for the moderately experienced
Fairly simple; give it a try!

Treatment options

Isolate all suspects at once. Antibiotic ointment and iodine dabbed on the pimples may help.

Genuine goat pox is a frequently fatal disease, but rare in USA. Whenever this disease is suspected you should contact your vet. There are some instances of milkers or handlers developing similar skin eruptions after being in contact with a doe with the above symptoms. If this is the case, you should consult with your vet and family physician. The good news is that when these symptoms occur in humans in North America, we are more often than not dealing with false or pseudo pox. In other countries, there could be a transfer of a pox virus.

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