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Dysgonic Fermenter-type 2: an emerging zoonosis. Report of two cases and review.

Authors
  • Zumla, A
  • Lipscomb, G
  • Corbett, M
  • McCarthy, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Quarterly journal of medicine
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1988
Volume
68
Issue
257
Pages
741–752
Identifiers
PMID: 3076966
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We report Dysgonic Fermenter-type 2 septicaemia presenting in two previously healthy individuals, and review 52 cases of infection with Dysgonic Fermenter-type 2 reported in the English language literature. This zoonosis is usually acquired through contact with dogs and cats. Infection often presents with little warning to patient or physician and carries a high mortality. The immunosuppressed patient, those without a spleen, alcoholics and those with chronic disease appear to be most susceptible, although the healthy individual is also prone to infection. The infection is probably underdiagnosed due to difficulties in isolating Dysgonic Fermenter-type 2 by conventional blood culture techniques. Clinical and microbiological awareness is of prime importance in the early diagnosis of this potentially lethal infection.

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