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SICKNESS. By sickness is understood any affection of the body which deprives it temporarily of the power to fulfill its usual functions.
     2. Sickness is either such as affects the body generally, or only some parts of it. Of the former class, a fever is an example; of the latter, blindness. When a process has been issued against an individual for his arrest, the sheriff or other officer is authorized, after he has arrested him, if he be so dangerously sick, that to remove him would endanger his life or health, to let him remain where he found him, and to return the facts at large, or simply languidus. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Serum sickness in a dog associated with antivenin therapy for snake bite caused by Crotalus adamanteus.
Accelerated and delayed reactions are not IgE-mediated and those affected may develop a morbilliform rash, serum sickness, vasculitis, contact dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis.
This will be counteracted by the induction of an antibody response directed against human IgG in the host, which may neutralize the injected antibodies and may induce serum sickness. Despite these potential difficulties and problems, such an experiment may be successful.
Other conditions in a differential diagnosis include viral eruption, angio-immunoblastic lymphadenopathy, vasculitis, Kawasaki disease, serum sickness, and exfoliative dermatitis (from psoriasis, dermatitis, or lymphoma, for example).
When used, it should be remembered that cefaclor can produce a serum sickness type reaction (Behrman & Kliegman, 1994).