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Papillomaviruses and polyomaviruses

Raphael P. Viscidi and Keerti V. Shah

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070519_update_001

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Papillomaviruses and polyomaviruses

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Papillomaviruses and polyomaviruses are small, nonenveloped, double-stranded DNA viruses.

There are over 100 human papillomavirus (HPV) types that infect epithelia of skin and mucous membranes. They infect only humans, and cause conditions including the following:

Skin warts and verrucas—caused by types 1 and 2; infection initiated when, after e.g. minor skin abrasions, the basal cells of the epithelium come in contact with infectious virus....

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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