ABSTRACT: Strains of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae isolated at 19 pig farms serving a certain abattoir, and on pork and in workers of this abattoir were studied. Mouse-pathogenic E. rhusiopathiae was found in pig slurry from two farms (11%). The strains belonged to serotypes 7 and 16 (both from the same farm) or were untypable. In pig slurry from the abattoir lairage only serotype 2 strains were found and all were pathogenic to mice. Mouse-pathogenic E. rhusiopathiae strains of serotype 2 were also recovered from 25 pork lions (25%). A mouse-pathogenic E. rhusiopathiae (serotype 2) strain was isolated from one of the 16 hand infections of slaughterhouse workers. The E. rhusiopathiae strains were phenotypically grouped by the API 50 CH system. Variations were demonstrated for the different serotypes. In 20 of 138 workers antibodies against E. rhusiopathiae were found; 14 had increased levels of IgG antibodies, seven had increased levels of IgM antibodies and one had an increased level of both.
The Journal of applied bacteriology 11/1989; 67(4):347-52.