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May 1986

Pasteurella multocida Meningitis in Infancy: An Avoidable Infection

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics (Drs Clapp and Kleiman), and the Department of Pathology (Ms Reynolds and Dr Allen), Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(5):444-446. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140190054023

• Pasteurella multocida is a common commensal in the upper respiratory tracts of cats and dogs. Infection with P multocida in humans usually follows infected bite wounds; however, infection in humans unrelated to animal bites is rare. We describe two infants with P multocida meningitis in whom infection was probably related to nontraumatic facial licking by household pet dogs. Both patients recovered fully. Although the risk is low, parents should be informed that mucous membrane exposure to household pets may expose an infant to the risk of systemic P multocida infection.

(AJDC 1986;140:444-446)