Swine pox

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Swine pox is a viral disease which is only found in pigs. The virus enters the host via sucking lice. It causes circular lesions to appear on the body, face and axillae (armpits) of sucklers and causes a mild pyrexia (fever). The disease is self-resolving and a good immunity follows infection. Pox viruses are very resistant to removal from the environment, but improved hygiene will be a step towards control.