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June 1987

Prevalence of Warts on Hands of Poultry Slaughterers, and Poultry Warts

Author Affiliations

Service de Dermatologie Hôpital Morvan PO Box 824 F 29285 Brest, France

Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(6):718-719. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660300034010

To the Editor.—  Papillomavirus infections are common among different animals such as rabbits, dogs, sheep, cattle, and hamsters. The papillomavirus is considered species-specific. Inoculation from man to man is relatively easy, but experimental infection of human warts to animals has always failed,1 with the possible exception of the cynocephale monkey.2 However, several articles have described an increased incidence of warts in meat handlers. Butchers who work with cattle and hogs suffer an increased incidence of warts due to the human papillomavirus (HPV)-7,3,4 but the possibility that the virus originates in animals cannot be definitely ruled out until a complete comparative study is made with other bovine or ovine viruses.5We discuss another comparable occupational disease occurring in chicken slaughterers. We performed the following study in Britanny and the southwestern provinces of France; 103 employees of a slaughterhouse were examined for epidemiologic, clinical, histologie, and virologie evaluation.