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Wed Nov 27, 2019, 12:37 PM

8. Just a little perspective for those who might get freaked by this...

The organism, Capnocytophaga canimorsus is part of natural flora in dogs, which says two things, given how incredibly rare are such infections. Those of us with pets are likely exposed sufficiently to be immune or the organism remains harmless except in the rare case of a mutation of the organism and perhaps developed ability to produce a toxin (thus far there are not enough cases to allow for such intense comparison of infective strains). As has been shown in all other cases, the ill individual is typically immunocompromised in some way (including having had a splenectomy). While they have not yet determined the latter in this case, the investigation will continue and I'd be willing to bet they identify some immunocompromising factor.

Remember there has never been a case among veterinarians or other professional animal caretakers, who presumedly are exposed nearly continuously to the ubiquitous organism. Not to mention the countless millions of dog owners.

I felt compelled to post because my neighbor almost freaked out after hearing about this and my own sweet dog was literally 10 feet away.

I'd also add that the organism is fully susceptible to common FIRST LINE antibiotics including the penicillin/ampicillin group with or without the addition of a beta-lactam inhibitor (e.g., clavulanate, Augmentin) or trimethoprim sulfisoxazole and has shown no antibiotic resistance.

Sadly it appears these patients who suffered severe outcomes or death are not unlike those with so-called flesh-eating bacteria (Necrotizing Fasciitis) in not seeking early care.

I hope we can all help others in putting this into perspective. I'd hate to see another round of articles bemoaning the risk of allowing children to sleep with, or even be licked by a dog.

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