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Bite-related and Septic Syndromes Caused by Cats and Dogs.

Bite infections can contain a mix of anaerobes and aerobes from the patient&;s skin and the animal&;s oral cavity, including species of Pasteurella, Streptococcus, Fusobacterium, and Capnocytophaga. Domestic cat and dog bite wounds can produce substantial morbidity and often require specialised care techniques and antibiotic therapy. Wounds can be complicated by sepsis. Disseminated infections, particularly those caused by Capnocytophaga canimorsus and Pasteurella multocida, can lead to septic shock, meningitis, endocarditis, and other severe sequelae. An emerging syndrome in veterinary and human medicine is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections shared between pets and human handlers, particularly community-acquired MRSA disease involving the USA300 clone. Skin, soft-tissue, and surgical infections are the most common. MRSA-associated infections in pets are typically acquired from their owners and can potentially cycle between pets and their human acquaintances. As comunity-acquired MRSA becomes more prevalent, there is an increased chance of it being passed between humans and animals. Lancet Infect Dis. 2009;9(7):439-47.

Author: Oehler RL, Mizrachi M, Lamarche J, et al

Published: 01/07/2009

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Lancet Infectious Diseases