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J Med Microbiol. 2010 Jan;59(Pt 1):120-3. doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.012930-0.

Zoonotic transmission of Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus from a dog to a handler.

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  • 1Veterinary Sciences, Veterinary Sciences Centre, School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland.


This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first case report to describe the apparent transmission of Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus from an infected dog to a handler who subsequently developed severe systemic infection. Characterization of the haemolytic streptococci isolated from both the patient and the dog, by phenotypic and molecular analysis, confirmed the canine and human isolates were identical.

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