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October 1984

Warts Among Meat Handlers

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Public Health, Cornell University Medical College, New York (Dr M. Finkel). Dr D. Finkel is in private consulting practice, Pleasantville, NY.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(10):1314-1317. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650460054019

• The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Retail Food Store Employees, Local 342, which represents meat handlers in the greater New York City area, wanted to determine whether warts were a significant problem among their membership. Findings from a prevalence study showed that the proportion of meat handlers who reported having warts (23.1%) was significantly higher than that for non-meat handlers (9.9%). The younger meat handlers had warts more frequently than did their older co-workers; there were no differences between the sexes. No one particular brand or type of meat could be associated with warts. Statistical tests of association indicated that meat handlers were more likely to have warts because of their occupation. We found that the switch to the Cryovac meat-packing process may have increased the likelihood of warts, although further study is needed to test that association.

(Arch Dermatol 1984;120:1314-1317)