A rare case of ‘Dog Bite Meningitis’ in a healthy adult

Peter Anderyas, Julia Freckelton, James J Gome, Satish Nagarajah, Nuwan Dhanushka Miththinda Jasenthu Kankanamage


Capnocytophaga canimorsus is a commensal in the normal gingival flora of canine and feline species and is reported to cause infections in humans following bites by these species with potentially serious consequences, especially in the immunocompromised. Here we report a case of a 58-year-old healthy woman presenting with uncomplicated meningitis following a seemingly minor bite by her pet dog. With early detection and appropriate antibiotic therapy she had an uneventful recovery. Our case reports the possibility of this organism infecting an otherwise healthy, immunocompetent adult and the importance of being vigilant of such rare presentations by clinicians which will help to deliver appropriate therapy early to avoid any serious complications.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/crim.v7n2p22


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Case Reports in Internal Medicine

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