Genitals of six covered in warts after holiday in Shanghai

A family's trip to Shanghai turned into an ordeal after they became infected with genital warts following a stay in a luxury hotel, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.

The man identified as Lee had brought his wife, their three-year-old son, sister and parents for a family trip in early June.

He had checked them into an expensive suite with a clean bathtub.

But three weeks after the trip, Lee's son started feeling itchy in the groin area and was covered in warts.

The rest of the family also developed similar symptoms around their genital areas and went for treatment at the hospital, where they were diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV).

A local dermatologist said the Lee family had likely contracted the virus at the hotel through the bathtub and the bed sheet, which might have had traces of the bodily fluids of an infected person.

The virus can take from three weeks to eight months to develop and is hard to get rid of with general detergents or chemical steriliser.

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