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Revista chilena de infectología

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FLORES, Carlos et al. Orf virus in human, confirmation in case report from Chile. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2017, vol.34, n.6, pp.607-609. ISSN 0716-1018.

Infection with the orf virus, also known as contagious ecthyma, is recognized as an occupational zoonosis worldwide. It is diagnosed by cutaneous lesions that progress rapidly from macules to papules, vesicles and pustules. The clinical case of a student of veterinary medicine who had had contact with goats, clinically healthy and without apparent lesions, which occured 19 days ago, is reported. She presented two vesicular lesions that coalesced to form a larger lesion surrounded by an erythematous halo. The lesions were compatible with the classical presentation of those produced by the orf virus in humans. The presence of the orf virus was confirmed by a nested PCR from biopsy tissue. It is one of the first cases confirmed by molecular techniques in humans in Chile.

Keywords : Contagious ecthyma; zoonosis; orf virus; PCR.

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