contagious pustular dermatitis


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a parapoxvirus causing orf in sheep and goats and sometimes humans.

contagious pustular dermatitis

Etymology: L, contingere, to touch, pustula, pustules; Gk, derma, skin, itis, inflammation
a skin disease normally affecting sheep and goats but transmitted to humans who handle infected animals. It is caused by a pox virus and results in lesions on the hands, and occasionally on the face. The lesions resolve spontaneously, but slowly. Also called ecthyma contagiosum, orf.

contagious pustular dermatitis

A cutaneous disease of sheep and goats transmitted to humans by direct contact. The lesion on humans is usually solitary and on the hands, arms, or face. This maculopapular area may progress to a pustule up to 3 cm in diameter and may last 3 to 6 weeks. The etiological agent is Parapoxvirus, , a genus of poxvirus.
Synonym: orf
See also: dermatitis
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