Orf (parapox) - vesicle fluid




  • ORF usually presents as vesicles on the hands of sheep and goat handlers

Sample requirements

Smear fresh vesicle fluid onto a clean glass slide.

Leave to dry.

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Date of onset


Store and transport at ambient temperature in an appropriate container

Turnaround time

Sent to a National Reference Centre

Up to 7 days

Page last reviewed: 20/11/2013