Furunculosis(redirected from salmonid furunculosis)
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the appearance of multiple furuncles on a circumscribed portion of skin (local furunculosis) or at different sites (general furunculosis). Local furunculosis is usually due to incorrect treatment of a furuncle and the subsequent spread of staphylococci to the surrounding skin. General furunculosis may be caused by a metabolic disorder, for example, diabetes mellitus, vitamin-A or vitamin-C deficiency, or exhaustion. The course of the disease is usually protracted and marked by recurrences. Treatment is mainly systemic and may include autohemotherapy, the administration of antibiotics or antistaphylococcal gamma globulin, the prescription of a special diet, and treatment of the primary disease.