WILLIAM J. MARTONE, M.D.; RICHARD W. ZUEHL, M.D.; GEORGE E. MINSON, M.D.; W. MICHAEL SCHELD, M.D.
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
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. ;93:457–458. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-3-457
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(3):457-458.
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