Capnocytophaga canimorsus


Routine Practices
Routine Practices

General Information

Pathogen information

Aerobic pleomorphic Gram negative bacilli, encapsulated


Usually associated with dog bite or other close contact.

Normal flora of canines.

Associated syndromes

  • Skin/soft tissue infection

  • Necrotizing Fasciitis

  • Bacteremia

  • Meningitis

  • More severe infections tend to occur in splenectomized patients, alcoholics, and immunosuppressed patients

Additional Information

~1/3 patients with bacteremia will have a rash that can progress to purpura fulminans.