Treatment of orf poxvirus lesion with cidofovir cream

Donald McCabe, Benjamin Weston, Gregory Storch

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Orf is a human disease caused by poxvirus of sheep. Orf usually occurs on the human hand or arm, after contrac with ovine saliva. In healthy children the orf skin lesion typically persists for 6 to 8 weeks and then heals with minimal scarring. In the immunocompromised patients, however, the ofr lesion can enlarge and cause necrosis of the affected appendage. Treatment with the topical antiviral cidofovir is efficacious.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1028
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2003


  • Antiviral therapy
  • Cidofovir
  • Orf
  • Poxvirus


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