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Club lamb fungus disease is a threat to both animals and humans. This guide reports on the disease cause, symptoms and treatment methods.

Club lamb fungus disease is a relatively new health problem encountered mostly in sheep being exhibited at fairs and other shows. This disease appears to be contagious to humans and other animals.

First reported in 1989, it has occurred mostly in the western United States with epidemics in New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. Reports of the disease have been received from other parts of the country also. The Western States Livestock Health Association met in December, 1990, to discuss this increasingly serious problem. An overview of the discussion at this meeting is contained here. All persons handling affected animals should take proper safety precautions to protect themselves.