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The disease is spread by the poxvirus and usually occurs during the dry seasons, especially when there are high insect populations. In addition, certain ticks can carry the disease.

Most infected animals show no visible clinical signs. The disease is spread through the saliva of infected animals and by infected animals rubbing against healthy animals, transferring it through skin lesions.

Infected animals will not eat. Small sores will develop on the inside of an animal(s) mouth, nose and sexual organs. If the disease is present in a herd, a large number of animals will suddenly abort. An outbreak usually affects 1% to 2% of a herd, but rarely more than 3% of infected animals will die.

Lumpy skin disease can be prevented and controlled effectively through annual vaccination, but animals vaccinated during the diseases incubation period still become infected.

Infected animals cannot be sold commercially.

Animals showing serious symptoms of lumpy skin disease must be culled and buried