Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, March 5th, 2006
Orf virus, found worldwide, is a poxvirus that infects goats and sheep. Spread of this virus to people is a largely preventable, work-related infection of sheep and goat handlers; family members of handlers and petting zoo attendees are also potentially at risk of infection.
People who become infected normally develop skin ulcers, which can be confused with anthrax skin infection and clear without treatment. Serious infections can...
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