Capnocytophaga canimorsus


Standard Precautions
Standard Precautions

General Information

Aerobic gram-negative rod, encapsulated.

Normal flora of canines (dogs and cats). Infections often linked to animal bite.

  • 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.

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