This product has been shown to be effective for the vaccination of healthy sheep and goats against contagious Ecthyma (Sore Mouth Disease). This product was licensed prior to the requirement to establish a minimum age for use. The duration of immunity is unknown. For information regarding efficacy and safety data, seeproductdata.aphis.usda.gov.
Ovine Ecthyma (Sore Mouth) is a contagious disease of sheep and goats caused by a virus. It is characterized by vesicular, pustular lesions that progress to the formation of thick scabs on the lips or the skin.
Infected sucklings may transmit the infection to the udder of susceptible ewes, which limits nursing, leading to severe economic impact from loss of weight and condition. Spontaneous healing in 4-5 weeks may occur without treatment; however, if secondary bacterial infection develops, fatalities can range from 10-50 percent.
Treatment is difficult. In small flocks, scabs can be removed and lesions cleansed. A penetrating antiseptic may be of limited value regarding bacterial infections; however, preventative vaccination is the best procedure.