Capnocytophaga canimorsus


Routine Practices

General Information

Aerobic pleomorphic Gram negative bacilli, encapsulated

Usually associated with dog bite or other close contact.

Normal flora of canines.

  • Skin/soft tissue infection

  • Necrotizing Fasciitis

  • Bacteremia

  • Meningitis

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

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