ROBERT M. SWENSON, M.D.; LELAND E. CARMICHAEL, D.V.M., Ph.D.; KENNETH R. CUNDY, Ph.D.
A 23-year-old woman with rheumatic heart disease developed fever, chills, and pharyngitis. Blood cultures taken over a 7-day period yielded Brucella canis. She responded well to therapy with ampicillin and streptomycin. One of her dogs, a male German shepherd, also had positive blood cultures and was the presumed source of her infection. Twelve other family members had negative blood cultures and no serological evidence of infection with B. canis. To our knowledge, this is the first case of naturally acquired human infection with this organism.
SWENSON RM, CARMICHAEL LE, CUNDY KR. Human Infection with Brucella canis. Ann Intern Med. ;76:435–438. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-3-435
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(3):435-438.
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