ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franšais | Espa˝ol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)63295
CIS number 94-1942
ISSN - Serial title 0140-6736 - Lancet
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Benton E.C.
Title Warts in butchers - A cause for concern?
Bibliographic information 7 May 1994, Vol.343, No.8906, p.1114. 8 ref.
Abstract Warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) are common on the hands of workers in the meat industry; one particular viral type, HPV7, predominates. Studies have found no relation between the excess prevalence of warts among these workers and a number of factors and it was concluded that some constituent of meat may enhance the effect of HPV7. Other studies have indicated a relation between butchers' warts and an apparent increase in the occurrence of lung cancer found in those who handle fresh rather than chilled meat. Further clarification of these studies is required.
Descriptors (primary) viruses; meat industry; warts; occupation disease relation
Descriptors (secondary) meat; epidemiologic study; lung cancer
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Food industry
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)