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Clostridium septicum

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Etiology

Also known as "malignant edema," Cl. Septicum infection is usually fatal and follows contamination of wounds or procedures such as castration.
Symptoms
Symptoms include: anorexia, high fever, intoxication, swellings that pit on pressure. There may be crepitation (crackling noise when you touch it) and dark red fluid may ooze from original wound site.
Treatment
High doses or penicillin or broad-spectrum antibiotics may help.
Prevention
Easily accomplished by vaccination (4 way or 7 way).
Comments
Vaccinations are so simple and so cheap; why take the chance?


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