Butchers and Slaughterhouse Workers
Occupational skin disease among butchers and slaughterhouse workers is uncommon in spite of massive exposure to irritants and allergens. The main irritants are associated with wet work. Allergens include both delayed-type and immediate-type allergens. Exposure to microorganisms includes bacteria like hemolytic streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains. While human papilloma virus including type 7 has been suspected as a cause of occupationally transmitted warts in butchers and slaughterhouse workers, this suspicion has not been substantiated.