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Bovine Papular Stomatitis – is a parapoxvirus that is similar to soremouth in sheep. It is primarily a mild disease of young cattle and it is zoonotic. Because the disease has similarities to the lesions of Foot and Mouth disease it is important that the 2 diseases are positively differentiated.

How is it transmitted?  The virus is spread by direct contact with infected cattle or the saliva from an infected animal. People become infected by handling the lesions in an infected animal with out gloves, allowing the virus to enter through broken skin or an abrasion.

Bovine Papular Stomatitis lesions
Bovine Papular Stomatitis lesions on a cow


What are the signs in animals?
Single or multiple raised red, circular, ulcerated lesions on the mouth, lips, muzzle and tongue of cattle.  Calves are commonly affected and recover in 2 - 3 weeks.


PapularStomtitis lesion
Bovine Papular Stomatitis lesions
What are the symptoms in humans? Lesions are raised, red, and painful and then progress to a scabby lesion of variable size, and tend to heal slowly over 1 -2 months.
Human with Papular Stomatitis lesion
Human with Papular Stomatitis lesion
More information at Merck Vet Manual:
http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/servlet/CVMHighLight?file=htm/bc/digml901.htm&word=Bovine,Papular,Stomatitis