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January 1991

Parapoxvirus Infections Acquired After Exposure to Wildlife

Author Affiliations


From the Departments of Dermatopathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Drs Skelton and Lupton), and Dermatology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Drs Smith and James), Washington, DC.

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(1):79-82. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680010089014

• The histopathologic and electron microscopic findings in two patients with skin lesions that developed after exposure to deer and other wildlife were consistent with a parapoxviral infection. Human infections that were morphologically similar to Parapoxvirus infection have been previously described concerning exposure to cervids (deer and related animals). Ours are the first reported cases in which viral particles were demonstrated by electron microscopy.

(Arch Dermatol. 1991;127:79-82)