Ecthyma contagiosum, also known as orf* and ovine pustular dermatitis, is a virus disease of sheep and goats which is occasionally transmitted to man. The purpose of this communication is to (a) report the occurrence of ecthyma contagiosum in an 18-year-old woman; (b) describe the disease as it occurs in man, and (c) consider briefly the salient features of the disorder in animals.
REPORT OF A CASE
M. L., an 18-year-old white woman, was admitted on the Dermatology Service of the University of Virginia Hospital on May 9, 1953, because of a lesion on the dorsum of the right forearm near the wrist. The patient had scratched the site three weeks previously on a wire fence that constituted a pen for pet lambs. The scratch appeared to be healing in the usual manner, but erythema and slight elevation appeared in it approximately one week after the
WHEELER CE, CAWLEY EP, JOHNSON JH. Ecthyma Contagiosum (Orf). AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(4):481–485. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540280057013
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