WILLIAM J. MARTONE, M.D.; RICHARD W. ZUEHL, M.D.; GEORGE E. MINSON, M.D.; W. MICHAEL SCHELD, M.D.
MARTONE WJ, ZUEHL RW, MINSON GE, SCHELD WM. Postsplenectomy Sepsis with DF-2: Report of a Case with Isolation of the Organism from the Patient's Dog. Ann Intern Med. 1980;93:457-458. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-3-457
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(3):457-458.
A fastidious gram-negative bacillus, operationally referred to as DF-2 at the Center for Disease Control, has recently been described as causing human bloodstream infections and meningitis (1-4). Butler and associates (2) found that 10 of 17 persons with DF-2 infection had been bitten by dogs, suggesting a zoonotic reservoir.
The following case represents the first time to our knowledge that DF-2 has been isolated from the pet dog implicated in the transmission of infection.
A 44-year-old man underwent a staging laparotomy with splenectomy in November 1977 for Hodgkin's disease. He subsequently received chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The patient remained well until
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