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Description:This close-up view of a patient’s face revealed the presence of lesions, or "crusts" that had been attributed to an Orf virus infection. Note that in this case, the lesions seemed to be dispersed around the facial midline, including the forehead, nose, and bilateral nasolabial folds.
The Orf virus is a pathogen common to sheep and goats, but can at times be transmitted to humans, in which case the virus is known as being “zoonotic”. When a human being becomes infected, the symptoms are mainly confined to the skin, and consist of “weeping” nodules manifesting upon the dorsum, or back of the hands, and which heal in approximately thirty-five days in a spontaneous fashion.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. James H. Nakano
Creation Date:1972
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Links:CDC – National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP); Sore Mouth Infection/Orf Virus Infection: Frequently Asked Questions about Sore Mouth Infection (Orf Virus)
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