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Mastitis, or inflammation of the mammary gland, is the most common and the most expensive disease of dairy animals, including dairy goats and sheep, throughout most of the world. Although stress and physical injuries may cause inflammation of the gland, infection by invading bacteria or other microorganisms (fungi, yeasts and possibly viruses) is the primary cause of mastitis.
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Orf lesions on the teats predispose to mastitis
Swollen, oedematous udder; note the depression following firm palpation