JOHN W. HIEMENZ, M.D.; PHILIP J. COCCARI, D.V.M.; ABE M. MACHER, M.D.
To the editor: Gnann and associates (1) state that "no instance of zoonotic transmission of blastomycosis has previously been documented"; however, a case has been reported (2). Dr. Jaspers reports a case of human cutaneous blastomycosis after a dog bite. The human cutaneous (finger) tissue and the autopsied animal lung tissue both grew Blastomyces dermatitidis. Dr. Jaspers suggested that transmission of Blastomyces from animal to humans occurs via infected sputum. The case we describe below supports Dr. Jaspers' theory.
A 2½-year-old female cocker spaniel had been treated for anterior uveitis in the right eye for 1 month. After a week
HIEMENZ JW, COCCARI PJ, MACHER AM. Human Blastomycosis from Dog Bites. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:1030–1031. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-6-1030_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(6):1030-1031.
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