Posted by Randall J. Berrier, DVM on 8/1/2001 to CONTAGIOUS ECTHYMA
Contagious Ecthyma (also known as Orf, Sore Mouth and Contagious Pustular Dermatitis) is an infectious dermatitis of sheep and goats. Oral (lip) lesions (scabs) are the primary clinical findings at the mucocutaneous junction. Infections can also occur on the coronets, ears, anus, vulva or prepuce. The causative agent is a parapox virus. Man can occasionally become infected if the virus (scab) contacts damaged skin.