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Dog bite wound infection by Pasteurella dagmatis misidentified as Pasteurella pneumotropica by automated system Vitek 2

To the Editor: Human pasteurellosis are most often caused by dog and cat bites, resulting in cellulitis and subcutaneous abscesses. The second most common site of infection or colonization is the respiratory tract. Systemic diseases are uncommon and mostly occur in patients with underlying diseases. Pasteurella multocida is the most frequent species in human infections, but other species may be involved, such as Pasteurella canis , Pasteurella dagmatis , and Pasteurella stomatis ( Allison and Clarridge, 2005; David et al., 1996; Escande and Lion, 1993; Gautier-Lerestif et al., 2003; Holst et al., 1992; Talan et al., 1999 ). Automated systems are commonly used for Pasteurella identification. However, the failure of commercial systems to satisfactorily identify microorganisms is of concern, and unusual identification should be correlated with patient's clinical pictures. We are reporting here a case of misidentification of P. dagmatis by automated system Vitek 2.</P>A 62-year-old man was admitted to the hospital with a right forearm wound. He had been bitten 5 days before, and the wound had been sutured. On examination, he was apyrexial, though he was treated with paracetamol. Skin examination of the right forearm revealed inflammation, swelling, tenderness, and subcutaneous and necrotic lesions with purulent http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease Elsevier
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