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Titolo: Streptococcus suis meningitis without history of animal contact, Italy
Data di pubblicazione: 2008
Abstract: Streptococcus suis, a major swine pathogen worldwide, is emerging as a zoonotic agent capable of causing a variety of serious infections in swine as well as in persons exposed to pigs or to pork products. These infections include meningitis, septicemia, pneumonia, endocarditis, arthritis, and septic shock (1,2). Despite recent outbreaks among persons in China, S. suis disease in humans is a rare, probably underdiagnosed infection that usually occurs as sporadic cases (1,2). Persons in close occupational or accidental contact with pigs or pork products and those who eat uncooked or undercooked pork may be at higher risk than others. However, most infected persons are likely healthy carriers, and S. suis is believed to induce overt disease (especially meningitis) in only some circumstances (2). We describe a case of S. suis meningitis in a 68-year-old man from Sardinia, Italy, who had no reported contact with swine, other animals, or any animal products; the patient also had cancer, which was discovered incidentally during the workup.
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