Capnocytophaga canimorsus


Standard Precautions

General Information

Aerobic gram negative rod, encapsulated

Infected animal bite - 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