High prevalence of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae infection among abattoir workers in Kamuli District, Eastern Uganda

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Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae is a ubiquitous Gram-positive bacterium, which causes erysipelas in swine, mammals, birds and erysipeloid in humans. A previous study conducted in Kamuli District, eastern Uganda identified serotypes 1 and 2 in pigs. Therefore, this follow-up study was carried out to establish the prevalence and factors associated with E. rhusiopathiae infection in people handling raw pork (abattoir workers, butchers and cooks) in the district.

Photo credit: Free ranging smallholder piglets in Kamuli district, Uganda (ILRI/Eliza Smith)

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