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October 1989

Dysgonic Fermenter Type 2 Septicemia With Purpura Fulminans: Dermatologic Features of a Zoonosis Acquired From Household Pets

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami, Miami Beach, Fla (Drs Herbst and Zaiac); and Division of Infectious Diseases, Mount Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami Beach, Fla (Drs Raffanti and Pathy).

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(10):1380-1382. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670220076012

† Dysgonic fermenter type 2, a gram-negative bacillus that is part of the normal oral flora of dogs and cats, is responsible for increasing numbers of cases of fulminant septicemia in humans. Patients usually have preexisting medical illnesses, but infection also occurs in otherwise healthy individuals. Most infections are acquired through animal contact. Dermatologic eruptions occur in half of the patients with dysgonic fermenter type 2 infection, and include petechiae, purpura, cellulitis, and gangrene.

(Arch Dermatol. 1989;125:1380-1382)

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