Sheep health - scabby mouth
Series: Primefact Primefact number: 1488 Edition: First edition Updated: Sep 2016
Scabby mouth is a highly contagious viral disease of the skin of sheep and goats which usually affects lambs and kids in their first year of life.
Infection usually causes scabs and pustules around the lips (figure 1), but it can also affect the udder and the skin around the coronet and pasterns.
Once the disease is introduced to a property, the virus will remain in the environment for many years, but may not cause infection every year.
Scabby mouth can be prevented by vaccination.
- Clinical signs
- Transmission of infection
- Handling of vaccine.