Occupational Skin Infections

OCCUPATIONS

High-Risk Job Task

DISEASES

Dentist
Dental assistant
Dental hygienist
Physician
Physician assistant
Respiratory therapist
Paramedic
Work in patients’ mouths
Herpetic whitlow
Farmer & Rancher
Farmworker
Animal scientist
Animal breeder
Veterinarian
Touch infected farm animals
Cutaneous Anthrax
Erysipeloid
Orf
Ringworm
Farmer & Rancher
Farmworker
Groundskeeper
Laborer
Walk barefooted in contaminated soil
Chromomycosis
Mycetoma
Cutaneous larva migrans
Florist
Farmer & Rancher
Farmworker
Groundskeeper
Horticulturist
Materials processor
Tree trimmer
Touch plants containing thorns, splinters or spaghum moss
Sporotrichosis
Slaughterer
Meat packer
Butcher
Touch infected meat or poultry
Erysipeloid
Streptococcal suis skin infection
Viral warts
Fisher
Touch infected fish or shellfish
Erysipeloid
Mycobacterium marinum skin infection
Vibrio vulnificus infection
Dishwasher
Poultry processor
Cannery processor
Bartender
Work continuously with wet hands
Candida paronychia
Groundskeeper
Aquarium keeper
Clean pools or aquariums
Mycobacterium marinum skin infection
Hunter & Trapper
Laborer
Work in forest in endemic areas of Central and South America
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
NIOSH: Photolibrary (photos: Herpetic fingers, M. marinum, Milker's Nodule and Orf)
NIOSH: Photolibrary (photos: Anthrax, Sporotrichosis, Chromomycosis & T. verrucosum)
DermIS: Larva migrans cutanea (photos)
DPDx: Hookworm
CDC: Sporotrichosis
DermIS: Erysipeloid (photo, 38K)

References: Control of Communicable Diseases Manual; "Occupational Infections" by Dieckhaus KD & Garibaldi RA in Rom; "Occupational Infections" by Cohen R in LaDou; p. 280-281 in Marks & DeLeo;

Revised: September 21, 2014

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