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“Hundaland”, a disease occurring in the Faroe Islands, but of hitherto unknown aetiology, was found to be very similar to ecthyma contagiosum (orf). An enquiry among general practitioners in the Faroe Islands confirmed this similarity, and the disease was found to occur at an annual incidence of 25 per 40, 000 inhabitants. Electron microscopy of biopsies from persons suffering from the disease revealed ecthyma contagiosum virus (orf virus) particles in all biopsies examined.