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Rinderpest Signs and Symptoms

A list of clinical signs the animal may or may not display.


The clinical signs can vary greatly depending of the strain of virus and the susceptibility of the host. Generally there is sudden onset of fever, followed by depression, loss of appetite, reduced milk production, nasal and eye discharges and labored, rapid breathing.

Severe lacrimation (tearing) and salivation occurs, eventually turning purulent and possibly blood-stained. Necrotic lesions occur in the mouth, lining of the nose, and genital tract. The lesions also occur in the intestine, leading to acute diarrhea and dysentery.

Most animals die 6–12 days after onset of clinical signs.

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