Knowing where to look: 'Meningococcal' septicaemia following a dog bite

Allen Cheng, Zoltan Nack, Stephen Graves, Malcolm McDonald

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The patient presentation of septic shock and purpuric rash is commonly attributed to meningococcal septicaemia. We describe a case of similar presentation where initial cultures and antigen testing were negative for meningococcus and the isolation of an unusual organism, Capnocytophaga canimorsus, was only made after obtaining a history of a dog bite and liaison with the microbiology laboratory. The epidemiology and clinical features of Capnocytophaga canimorsus infection is discussed, together with the antibiotic management of dog bites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-187
Number of pages3
JournalEmergency Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1999


  • Capnocytophaga canimorsus
  • Dog bite
  • Septicaemia

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