ThePigSite Quick Disease Guide
This is a disease caused by the swine pox virus which can survive outside the pig for long periods of time and is resistant to environmental changes. It is a vesicular disease.
- Small circular red areas 10-20mm in diameter that commence with a vesicle containing straw-coloured fluid in the centre.
- After two to three days the vesicle ruptures and a scab is formed which gradually turns black.
- The lesions may be seen on any part of the body but are common along the flanks, abdomens and occasionally the ears.
- A secondary dermatitis may occur.
- Unusual in piglets.
Causes / Contributing factors
- It can be spread by lice or mange mites.
- Skin abrasions.
- Fighting and mixing of pigs.