Rarely two viral skin diseases of animals are transferred to humans. Ecthyma contagiosum Ecthyma contagiosum (Orf) is caused by the Orf virus, a poxvirus infected ruminants (mainly sheep and goats). There is a risk for farmers, veterinarians, keepers and others who have direct contact with animals. The skin findings through six stages, which together last about a week: Stage 1 (papular): A single red edematous papule on a finger (usually…

September 3, 2018