Cases of serious dog bite infections have been capturing headlines:"Woman Who Contracted Bacterial Infection Caused by Dog's Saliva Dies" (September, 2012), "Texas Mom Loses Legs, Fingers, after Contracting Rare Infection from Minor dog Bite" (January, 2013), and most recently,"Dog Bite Infection Costs Canadian her Arm, Legs" (July, 2013). In all of these cases, the bacteria that caused a life-threatening blood infection, or septicemia, were Capnocytophaga canimorsus.
What is Capnocytophaga canimorsus?
Capnocytophaga canimorsus is a type of bacteria that is common in dogs’ and cats’ mouths. Recent estimates using PCR techniques to amplify bacterial DNA are that Capnocytophaga canimorsus is in the mouths of 74% of dogs and 57% of cats. Although the bacteria are common in household pets’ mouths, overwhelming infections with Capnocytophaga canimorsus or “dog bite septicemia” are rare. Just over two hundred Capnocytophaga canimorsus cases have been documented since Capnocytophaga canimorsus was first identified in 1976, although this may underestimate the frequency of the infection since it is difficult to grow in cultures and it is not a reportable disease.
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