Glanders is not common in man although it is probable that many cases are not recognized because of the protean manifestations of the disease, with special reference to the skin lesions. Strictly speaking, the term glanders is applied to the infection with Bacillus mallei as it affects the nasal mucous membrane and the internal organs. The term farcy is used to designate the lesions in the skin and lymphatics. Generally speaking, glanders may be defined as a specific infectious disease due to B. mallei, common in the horse, mule and ass, contracted by man accidentally either through skin or nasal mucous membrane inoculation.
The two following cases illustrate the course as a chronic skin and mucous membrane infection:
REPORT OF CASES
—A white woman, aged 36, who was reared on a farm and whose previous history was irrelevant except that she came into intimate contact with two horses