Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine

: 2020  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-

Authors' Reply

Nathan Wilson 
 Memorial University, 230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL A1C 5S7, Canada

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BMath Nathan Wilson
Memorial University, 230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL A1C 5S7

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Dear Dr. Sora Yasri,

Thank you for your reply to our case report[1] and your interest in our publication. We greatly appreciate the engagement from across the globe. You raise a valid point that while Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae has been described in several cases to be transmitted via crabs, as in Gilchrist,[2] it has not specifically been noted in Chionoecetes opilio. As such, it may not be accurate to attribute the infection directly to C. opilio, given the large number of shellfish species and other animals that our patient may have come into contact with (including other species of crab) which could have been the culprit. To your second point, this was largely poor phrasing on our part as we were referring to the first known isolation of E. rhusiopathiae in either animals or humans, which was by Loeffler, who isolated the bacteria in swine erysipelas in 1886.[3]


1Wilson 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.
2Gilchrist TC. Erysipeloid, with a record of 329 cases, of which 323 were caused by crab bites or lesions produced by crabs. J Cutan Dis 1904;22:507. Available from: [Last accessed on 2019 Sep 23]
3Loeffler FA. Experimentelle untersuchungen uber schweinerothlauf. Arb Kais Gesundh 1886;1:46.55.