Fatal multifocal Pasteurella multocida infection: A case report

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Background: In humans, Pasteurella multocida infections are usually limited to the soft tissues surrounding a lesion. However, P. multocida can also cause systemic infections (such as pneumonia, lung abscess, peritonitis, endocarditis, meningitis and sepsis) - especially in patients with other underlying medical conditions. Case presentation: We report on a case of fulminant P. multocida bacteremia at several sites (soft tissues, endocarditis and joints) on a white European man. Despite surgery and intensive medical care, the patient died. Conclusions: The present case emphasizes the importance of appropriate initial treatment of skin wounds. Patients at risk should be aware of the possible consequences of being bitten, scratched or licked by their pet.

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Guilbart, M., Zogheib, E., Hchikat, A. H., Kirat, K., Ferraz, L., Guerin-Robardey, A. M., … Dupont, H. (2015). Fatal multifocal Pasteurella multocida infection: A case report. BMC Research Notes, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-015-1232-7

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