Diagnostic Use

Orf is a highly contagious, zoonotic, self-limiting viral infection that infects individuals who handle sheep and goats.

Other terms for orf include ecthyma contagiosum, infectious pustular dermatitis, and contagious pustular dermatitis.

In humans, orf usually presents as an evolving, erythematous nodule on the hand. Localised lesions are usually found on hands and sometimes face. Lesions are usually large nodules that can vesiculate and ulcerate. The lesion is painful and regional lymphadenopathy may be present. The infection typically resolves spontaneously within six to eight weeks.

NOTE: This test is still under evaluation, sensitivity has not been established.


Microbiology - Virology

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Contagious ecthyma
EM - virus preparation
ORF virus

Turnaround Time

1 week

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