Fish-Handler's Disease Topic Guide
Fish-Handler's Disease: Fish-handler's disease occurs when cuts or scrapes in the skin become infected with Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, Mycobacterium, and other bacterium. Symptoms of Fish-handler's disease include joint stiffness; swollen lymph nodes; and pain, burning, itching, and swelling at the site of infection. Treatment of Fish-handler's disease includes over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, and antibiotics if necessary.
Sepsis Sepsis is a blood infection caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Immunocompromised individuals, very young babies, and the elderly are most at risk for developing sepsis. Symptoms and signs include chills, shaking, fever, rapid heartbeat, confusion, rash, and joint pain. Treatment depends upon the severity of the infection and may involve the patient being placed on oxygen and given IV antibiotics and saline.