Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Pinta

Nonvenereal infection involving only the skin, characterized by white or coffee-colored spotting (Spanish, painted); caused by a spirochete (Treponema carateum). New World origin, where it is still endemic; transmitted by person-to-person contact. Aka mal de pinto, carate, azul, boussarole, tina, lota, empeines, spotted sickness.

See nonvenereal treponematoses.

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