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December 1986

Pasteurella multocida Meningitis in infancy

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Medical University of South Carolina 171 Ashley Ave Charleston, SC 29425-2248

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(12):1216. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140260018014

Sir.—We read with interest the recent report of Clapp et al1 entitled "Pasteurella multocida Meningitis in Infancy." We were disappointed that their review of 12 pediatric cases previously published omitted our report2 in late 1984 of neonatal meningitis due to P multocida.

Similar to the patients described by Clapp et al, infection in our patient was linked epidemiologically to a pet cat from which P multocida was recovered. The cat frequently cuddled with the mother while she was breast-feeding her neonate. We speculated that the cat inoculated its fur during grooming and then contaminated the hands of the nursing mother. The infant recovered completely after three weeks of antibiotic therapy.

We support the authors' recommendation that parents should minimize contact between pets and susceptible infants.