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Vesicular Exanthema

The virus of vesicular exanthema of swine (VES) is different from those causing foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and swine vesicular disease (SVD) but it produces a disease in pigs that are clinically indistinguishable from FMD and SVD. Unlike FMD it only effects pigs.


All Pigs
  • VES does not affect cattle, sheep, goats or any species other than the pigs and sea mammals. So, unlike FMD, if you keep other livestock they will not be affected.
  • Mortality is low but there may be some deaths in sucking piglets.
  • Salivation.
  • Inappetance.
  • Vesicles around the mouth, nose, tongue and feet.

Causes / Contributing factors

  • Feeding uncooked garbage/pork scraps to pigs.


This is the same as for suspected FMD and SVD and requires laboratory tests to identify it.

Further Reading

Click on the links below to find out more about this disease, including treatment, management control and prevention information. The top link is the main article on this disease.