Capnocytophaga canimorsus

Precautions

Standard Precautions

General Information

Pathogen information

Aerobic gram negative rod, encapsulated

Epidemiology

Infected animal bite - normal flora of canines

Associated syndromes

Skin/soft tissue infection, Necrotizing Fasciitis, Bacteremia, Meningitis. More severe infections tend to occur in splenectomized patients and immunosuppressed patients

Additional Information

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