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Israel Reports Outbreak of Sheep Pox

31 December 2014

ISRAEL - An outbreak of sheep pox has been reported in the north of the country, the first for more than three years.

The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 25 December to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

It describes an outbreak of sheep pox (which also affects goats) at I Billin in the region of Hazafon, which started on 12 December.

Among a small flock of 10 18-month-old sheep, four showed symptoms and one died. 

Typical clinical signs (pox) were observed in all the affected animals - fever, enlarged lymph nodes, pneumonia and oedema of the limbs.

According to the epidemiological investigation, there was no introduction of new animals or fomites to the flock during the relevant period of incubation (seven to 10 days).

The following measures are being applied: quarantine, movement control inside the country and supportive treatment of affected animals. Animals are not being vaccinated.

The last outbreak of sheep or goat pox in Israel was in April 2011.

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