Commonly infected wildlife
Is this animal infected?
- Infected animals have obvious single or multiple crusty lumps, usually on their lips
- Young animals are more likely to be affected and may have difficulty nursing
- Lesions can also occur on:
- Inside mouth
- Above hooves
Can I get it?
- By contacting affected skin, especially if you have cuts on your skin
How bad can it get?
May require medical attention and treatment
Protect myself and others
- Wear disposable gloves
- Practice good hygiene
- Wash your hands
- Wash your clothes
- Trim away affected tissue
- Avoid contact between affected tissue and edible meat
Symptoms in humans
- Red skin lesion(s) on hands, arms or face
- Swollen, painful lymph nodes
- Mild fever
- Consult with your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment
- Skin lesions usually go away within six weeks without scarring
Safe for pets?
What causes it?
- A parapox virus that infects both wild and domestic sheep and goats