Streptococcal Cellulitis Following Preparation of Fresh Raw Seafood

Zoonoses Public Health. 2009 May;56(4):206-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1863-2378.2008.01213.x. Epub 2009 Mar 2.


We describe three zoonotic streptococcal soft tissue infections resulting from fresh seafood contact. One was a localized thumb infection with Streptococcus iniae in an immunocompetent healthy young male resulting from a puncture wound from a crab pincer. The other two were cases of ascending upper limb cellulitis associated with bacteraemia in mastectomy patients. One of these infections was caused by S. iniae while the other was caused by Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. dysgalactiae, a species that has not been previously described as a cause of zoonotic infection. Hence when cleaning raw seafood, protective equipment should be used to minimize the risk of percutaneous injuries.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cellulitis / drug therapy
  • Cellulitis / microbiology*
  • China
  • Female
  • Food Handling*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mastectomy, Modified Radical
  • Middle Aged
  • Seafood / microbiology*
  • Streptococcal Infections / drug therapy
  • Streptococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Streptococcal Infections / transmission*
  • Streptococcus / isolation & purification
  • Young Adult
  • Zoonoses / microbiology
  • Zoonoses / transmission


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents