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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Authors

J R. Edwards

Keywords

Sheep, Dermatophilus congolensis, Wool

First Page Number

62

Last Page Number

64

Abstract

There are a lot of misconceptions and myths about dermatophilosis, a disease which can kill young lambs, affect wool quality, make shearing difficult and make sheep susceptible to fly strike.

One misconception is perpetuated by the incorrect use of the name mycotic dermatitis, which implies that a fungus causes the disease. This is not so.

The disease is caused by the bacteria Dermatophilus congolensis, which attacks the sheep's skin and eventually forms a lesion or scab in the wool, and so is better called dermatophilosis, 'dermo' or 'lumpy wool'.

Veterinary Epidemiologist at the Albany Regional Office, J.R. Edwards, discusses some of the myths associated with 'dermo'.

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