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Volume 12, Number 2—February 2006

Dispatch

Diagnosing Capnocytophaga canimorsus Infections

J. Michael Janda*Comments to Author , Margot H. Graves*, David Lindquist*, and Will S. Probert*
Author affiliations: *California Department of Health Services, Richmond, California, USA

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Clinical data on persons infected with Capnocytophaga canimorsus

Characteristic No. positive (%)
Admitting diagnosis (N = 56)
Sepsis 18 (32)
Fever of unknown origin 7 (13)
Meningitis 7(13)
Cellulitis 6 (11)
Septic shock 5 (9)
Respiratory tract infections 4 (7)
Phlebitis 1 (2)
Endocarditis 1 (2)
Urosepsis 1 (2)
Septic knee 1 (2)
Diverticulitis 1 (2)
Meningococcemia 1 (2)
Unknown 3 (5)
Sources of isolates (N = 56)
Blood 49 (88)
Cerebrospinal fluid 4 (7)
Blood and cerebrospinal fluid 2 (4)
Respiratory tract 1 (2)
Animal exposure (n = 27)*
Dog bite 17 (63)
Close animal contact 3 (11)
Cat scratch 1 (4)
No known exposure 6 (22)
Outcome (n = 30)*
Survived 20 (67)
Died 10 (33)

*Number of cases for which medical information was available.

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