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Sheep Health
Unusual skin lesions in sheep
  1. G. M. van der Burgt1,
  2. T. Ward2 and
  3. J. Codner3
  1. AHVLA – Luddington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9SJ
  2. Arden Forest Veterinary Group, 20A High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5AN
  3. Dragon Veterinary Centre, Prestbury Park, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4SH
  1. e-mail: guda.vanderburgt{at}ahvla.gsi.gov.uk

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WE would like to report two unusual outbreaks of skin lesions in sheep resembling ‘strawberry footrot’. The vast majority of lesions were located above the coronet and/or on the skin between coronet and carpus/tarsus. Lesions initially presented as a crusty swelling that burst to leave a granulomatous, purulent surface that was prone to bleeding (Fig 1). Lesions were very sensitive to the touch, with some swelling of the surrounding tissue and severe lameness of the affected limb. In some sheep more than one leg was affected and some legs showed more than one lesion.

Fig 1

Lesions seen in the affected flocks. Initially they are a crusty swelling that bursts to leave a granulomatous, purulent surface that is prone to bleeding …

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