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Editor's Correspondence
May 26, 2003

Pasteurella multocida Respiratory Infection: An Important Cat-Associated Zoonosis

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(10):1239. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.10.1239-a

We read with interest the review by Kravetz and Federman1 concerning the transmission of disease from cats to humans. The article was well written and informative. However, the authors failed to include one infectious process that humans acquire from contact with cats that deserves recognition—Pasteurella multocida lower respiratory tract infection.

Following skin infection, pulmonary disease is the second most common human illness caused by P multocida,2 which is thought to contaminate the lower respiratory tract of humans after microaspiration of secretions from a colonized or infected nasopharynx.3,4 Alternatively, human pulmonary infection with this organism may follow direct inhalation of contaminated aerosolized particles.5

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