Puppy Licks to a Woman's Feet May Have Caused Serious Skin Infection

livescience.com | 12/10/2019 | Yasemin Saplakoglu
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Dogs can bring a person happiness, love, laughter ... and sometimes strange infections. Case in point: A woman in Israel was diagnosed with a bacterial infection that she likely contracted from innocent puppy licks, according to a new report.

Last year, the 86-year-old woman went to the hospital with a fever, nausea, vomiting and pain in her right leg. She was wheelchair-bound and being treated for diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, according to the report, published Dec. 2 in The Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Hospital - Doctors - Fever - Heart - Rate

At the hospital, the doctors found that she had a fever, a high heart rate and signs of cellulitis on her right ankle and lower leg. Cellulitis is a common skin infection caused by bacteria that can lead to a reddening of the skin, swelling and tenderness. The doctors also noticed that the woman had some cuts and abrasions in the skin between her toes.


Analysis - Blood - Streptococcus - Canis - Bacterium

Analysis of her blood revealed that she was infected with Streptococcus canis, a bacterium that can be transferred to humans from other animals, especially dogs. However, human infections with S. canis are very rare overall, with few cases reported in the medical literature, the authors said.

While cellulitis is common in people, it's typically caused by other kinds of bacteria (and not S. canis), said lead author Dr. Zohar Lederman, who was a physician at the Assuta Samson...
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