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Lumpy skin disease: randomly distributed nodules in the skin

Lumpy skin disease: randomly distributed nodules in the skin

Term: 2014
Published: February 28, 2014
Revised: May 30, 2014

Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a pox viral disease of cattle with a major socio-economic impact. The disease is characterized by fever, multiple firm, circumscribed skin nodules, necrotic plaques in the mucous membranes (chiefly of the upper respiratory tract and oral cavity), mastitis, orchitis and swelling of the peripheral lymph nodes. The disease is caused by a capripox virus of which the prototype strain, “Neethling'” was first isolated in South Africa. Clinically, the skin lesions of LSD closely resemble those of pseudo-lumpy skin disease caused by the Allerton strain of bovid herpesvirus 2 (BHV 2). 

Very little is known about the susceptibility of wild ruminants to LSDV.

About The Instructor

Prof JAW Coetzer

Prof (JAW) Koos Coetzer

  • BVSc(Hons), MMedVet(Path)
  • Deputy Dean: Research, Postgraduate studies and Internationalization, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Dr. Eeva Tuppurainen

Dr Eeva Tuppurainen

  • Lic Vet Med (Veterinary Medicine) (University of Helsinki), MSc(Veterinary Science) (University of Pretoria)
  • Head of Capripoxvirus Reference laboratory at The Pirbright Institute, Guildford, United Kingdom
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