Vital Signs

A legendary but surprisingly docile pathogen takes hold in a young man

By Robert A. Norman|Friday, February 01, 2002
RELATED TAGS: INFECTIOUS DISEASES
"Is there anything else that you can tell me about it? Does it itch? Is it painful?""No, not really," my patient said. Patrick was a quiet, thin man of 22. I asked him a few questions about himself. He told me he worked in the biology department of a local university and that he had come from Vietnam eight years ago. He had not traveled outside the United States since then. He had family in a nearby town and lived in an apartment off campus. His problem was a small growth on his arm. It wa...
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