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Article
November 24, 1956

HOW COMMUNICABLEA ARE WARTS?

JAMA. 1956;162(13):1222-1224. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970300022008
Abstract

• The distribution of warts was studied in an orphanage where 58 children lived during the winter months. Warts were found in 15. The warts in some instances had been present when the child arrived; in other instances they appeared some time after the child's arrival. There were cases of spontaneous disappearance and subsequent recurrence. The distribution of the lesions on different parts of the body did not afford clues as to the method of dissemination, and the time relations of their appearance were not clear. Four out of 18 adults resident in a seminary cottage reported warts; again it was difficult to interpret the data because information as to the time relations and the distribution among other residents was incomplete. Much work on the transmissibility of these lesions must be done before standard hygienic measures can be established. Better knowledge of this virus infection is very desirable because these lesions are so common. They affected at least 20% of the residents in the seminary cottage and more than 25% of the children in the orphanage.

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