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Lumpy Skin Disease

Lumpy skin disease is a viral disease of cattle characterised by fever and eruptions of a large number of skin nodules of varying size. The virus is very closely related to the virus that causes sheep pox and goat pox. The disease affects only cattle; the jersey, Guernsey, friesian and ayrshire breeds of cattle are particularly susceptible to the disease. Lumpy skin disease has the potential to spread rapidly and can have a devastating impact on cattle production and trade.

In Canada, lumpy skin disease is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act, and all cases must be reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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