Erysipeloid (see Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae Infection)

Bacterial Diseases
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Animals Involved

Swine, sheep, cattle, rodents, marine mammals; many other domestic and wild mammals and marsupials, birds (including poultry), reptiles, fish, mollusks, crustaceans

Known Distributions

Worldwide

Probable Means of Spreading

Contact with animal products; via skin, usually after scratch or puncture wound; contaminated soil (survives for weeks to months)

Clinical Manifestations in People

Localized cellulitis, usually self­limiting, often on hands; generalized skin lesions (uncommon); arthritis, often in finger joints near skin lesion; endocarditis (with high mortality, 38%); generalization with sepsis, other syndromes uncommon and often in immunocompromised

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