Definition: An infection caused by Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae that is almost wholly restricted to persons who in their occupation handle infected fish, shellfish, poultry, or meat. Three forms of this condition exist: a mild localized form manifested by local swelling and redness of the skin; a diffuse form that might present with fever; and a rare systemic form associated with endocarditis.
caused by the bacterium Erysipelothrix; do not confuse with ERYSIPELAS, caused by a Streptococcus
Other names Erysipeloids
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