A 27-year-old man presents complaining of a single skin lesion on his hand. He reports that it first appeared as a smooth nodule that ulcerated and spread in a lymphangitic fashion. He grew worried when he started to have a fever. The only unusual activity he’d done in the last few weeks was clean out one of his large saltwater aquariums to prepare for purchasing new fish.
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