Fish-Handler's Disease Topic Guide

Fish-Handler's Disease 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.

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