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Streptococcus canis Infections in Cats

Sura, R., L. S. Hinckley, et al. (2008). “Fatal necrotising fasciitis and myositis in a cat associated with Streptococcus canis.” Vet Rec 162(14): 450-3.

Streptococcus canis (Lancefield group G) is present in about 10% of cultures of the nasal cavity from cats with upper respiratory tract disease. In cats, S. canis has been associated with arthritis, urogenital infections, upper respiratory tract infections, and neonatal septicemia. Necrotizing fasciitis and necrotizing myositis are rare manifestations of streptococcal infections known to occur in humans and dogs. Most of these cases are caused by streptococci of Lancefield groups A, B, or G. Necrotizing fasciitis has only been reported twice in cats to date. This paper describes a fatal case of necrotizing fasciitis and myositis with pneumonia and septicemia in a 9-year old cat associated with S. canis infection.
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Related articles:
Pesavento, P. A., M. J. Bannasch, et al. (2007). “Fatal Streptococcus canis infections in intensively housed shelter cats.” Vet Pathol 44(2): 218-21.
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