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TAF Prev Med Bull. 2010; 9(5): 551-552


Human Orf: Report of two cases

Ahmet Karakaş, Vedat Turhan, Zafer Küçükodacı.

Abstract
Orf or ecthyma contagiosum is a viral zoonosis of domesticated sheep and goats. It was described clinically in man for the first time in 1934 by Newson and Cross. All physicians should remain aware that human orf may occur anywhere and consider it in the differential diagnosis of cases with relevant animal exposure. Orf lesions with delayed healing on the hands and arms can be cause to unnecessary interventions such as drainage and prolonged antibacterial therapy. We should only try to prevent or heal the eventual complications except extraordinary situations. In the case with delayed healing pyodermia like lesion on the fingers after slaughtering activity, orf must be kept in mind.

Key words: Human Orf, Ectima Contagiosum, Complications



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