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March 1972

Pasteurella multocida Infections Following Animal Injuries, Especially Cat Bites

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC

From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine (Dr. Tindall) and the Department of Clinical Microbiology (Mr. Harrison), Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(3):412-416. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620060054010

A series of eleven patients had Pasteurella multocida infections following animal injuries, six dog bites, three cat bites, one cat scratch, and one opossum bite. All patients responded slowly but well to appropriate therapy. An extensive literature review revealed P multocida infections to be common, the incidence and recognition of the organism to be increasing, and the infections to be at times severe or even fatal.