Capnocytophaga canimorsus

Capnocytophaga canimorsus


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General Information

Aerobic gram negative rod, encapsulated

Infected animal bite.

Normal oral flora of canines.

  • Skin/soft tissue infection
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis
  • Bacteremia
  • Meningitis
  • More severe infections tend to occur in splenectomized patients, alcoholics, and immunosuppressed patients.

~1/3 patients with bacteremia will have a rash that can progress to purpura fulminans.

No specific recommendations from IPAC at time of monograph update.