Molecular identification and epidemiological tracing of Pasteurella multocida meningitis in a baby

Boerlin, Patrick; Siegrist, Hans H.; Burnens, André P.; Kuhnert, Peter; Mendez, Purita; Prétat, Gérard; Lienhard, Reto; Nicolet, Jacques (2000). Molecular identification and epidemiological tracing of Pasteurella multocida meningitis in a baby. Journal of clinical microbiology, 38(3), pp. 1235-1237. Washington, D.C.: American Society for Microbiology

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We report a case of Pasteurella multocida meningitis in a 1-month-old baby exposed to close contact with two dogs and a cat but without any known history of injury by these animals. 16S rRNA gene sequencing of the isolate from the baby allowed identification at the subspecies level and pointed to the cat as a possible source of infection. Molecular typing of Pasteurella isolates from the animals, from the baby, and from unrelated animals clearly confirmed that the cat harbored the same P. multocida subsp. septica strain on its tonsils as the one isolated from the cerebrospinal fluid of the baby. This case stresses the necessity of informing susceptible hosts at risk of contracting zoonotic agents about some basic hygiene rules when keeping pets. In addition, this study illustrates the usefulness of molecular methods for identification and epidemiological tracing of Pasteurella isolates.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology

UniBE Contributor:

Burnens, André and Kuhnert, Peter

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
500 Science
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0095-1137

Publisher:

American Society for Microbiology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Kuhnert-Ryser

Date Deposited:

30 Jan 2014 12:30

Last Modified:

13 Dec 2014 09:59

PubMed ID:

10699029

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.39159

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/39159

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