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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49

Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae and contact with snow crab

1 KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Biological Science, Joseph Ayobabalola University, Osun State, Nigeria

Date of Submission23-Sep-2019
Date of Decision05-Oct-2019
Date of Acceptance15-Oct-2019
Date of Web Publication19-Dec-2019

Correspondence Address:
PhD Sora Yasri
KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/CJRM.CJRM_80_19

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae and contact with snow crab. Can J Rural Med 2020;25:49

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae and contact with snow crab. Can J Rural Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2023 May 31];25:49. Available from: https://www.cjrm.ca/text.asp?2020/25/1/49/273536

Dear Editor,

We read the report by Wilson et al. with great interest.[1] The case is a patient who is a crab fisherman and butcher.[1] Wilson et al. mentioned snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) as a known carrier of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae.[1] In general, E. rhusiopathiae is observable in several animals.[2] In the present case, the patient might have got the pathogen from other sources, because the patient is a fisherman and had the opportunity to be in contact with many animals. Regarding snow crab (C. opilio), there is no report that it is a common source of E. rhusiopathiae. Indeed, crab is a rare possible source of E. rhusiopathiae. A good example is the report by Ognibene et al.[3] Nevertheless, there has never been any previous case report of E. rhusiopathiae infection due to C. opilio contact according to the literature, after a search on PubMed. Finally, Wilson et al. noted that “the organism has been reported as infecting humans and other animals since the late 19th century.”[1] The first confirmation that this pathogen causes human disease is by Rosenbach in 1909, which is in the 20th century.[4],[5]

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Wilson N, Patey C, Howse D. Catch of a lifetime – Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae bacteraemia, septicaemia, endocarditis and osteomyelitis in a newfoundland crab fisherman and butcher. Can J Rural Med 2019;24:123-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Wang Q, Chang BJ, Riley TV. Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. Vet Microbiol 2010;140:405-17.  Back to cited text no. 2
Ognibene FP, Cunnion RE, Gill V, Ambrus J, Fauci AS, Parrillo JE, et al. Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae bacteremia presenting as septic shock. Am J Med 1985;78:861-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
Campbell D, Cowan M. Septicemia and aortic valve endocarditis due to Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae in a homeless man. Case Rep Infect Dis 2013;2013:923034.  Back to cited text no. 4
Rosenbach FJ. Experimentelle, morphologische und klinische Studie über die krankheitserregenden Mikroorganismen des Schweinerotlaufs, des Erysipeloids und der Mäusesepsis. Zeitschrift Hygiene Infektionskrankheiten 1909;63:343-69.  Back to cited text no. 5


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