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Marina S. Morgan


February 27, 2014: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.


More detail on clinical manifestations.

Expansion of laboratory identification, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, and typing.

Update on treatment and prognosis of pasteurella infections.

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date: 19 September 2021

Pasteurella multocida is an important human Gram-negative pathogen residing primarily in the oropharynx of mammals and transmitted through bites and scratches. Presentation is typically within 12 h of the injury with rapidly spreading cellulitis or sepsis, leading to serious morbidity and mortality (up to 40%) if untreated. Diagnosis is clinical: fresh bite wound cultures are unhelpful, but the organism may be cultured in cases with established infection. Treatment requires thorough wound debridement, with delayed closure if possible, along with antimicrobials to provide empirical cover against pasteurellae and other expected pathogens, e.g. amoxicillin-clavulanate plus ciprofloxacin, or imipenem plus ...

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