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Zoonoses Public Health. 2013 Dec;60(8):539-42. doi: 10.1111/zph.12031. Epub 2012 Dec 28.

Two cases of cutaneous diphtheria associated with occupational pig contact in Germany.

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National Consiliary Laboratory for Diphtheria, Oberschleißheim, Germany; Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority, Oberschleißheim, Germany.

Abstract

In 2010, two independent cases of cutaneous diphtheria caused by toxigenic C. ulcerans were identified in Germany. Both patients had intense occupational contact with pigs. Diagnostic work-up comprising biochemical differentiation, rpoB sequencing, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF) analysis, real-time tox PCR and Elek test as well as public health measures including an intensified source tracing involving 83 asymptomatic pigs of an associated pig farm are presented.

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Corynebacterium ulcerans; Diphtheria; outbreak investigation; zoonosis

PMID:
23280311
DOI:
10.1111/zph.12031
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