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Human Staphylococcus intermedius Infection in a Patient With Postradiation Changes

Ostendorf, Benjamin N. MS*; Oehler, Richard L. MD, FACP†‡; Greene, John N. MD, FACP§∥

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: November 2011 - Volume 19 - Issue 6 - pp 426-427
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31820a52f8
Case Reports

Staphylococcus intermedius is known primarily for its role as a commensal and pathogen in dogs and a variety of other animals. It has also been reported as a cause of human infection in a limited number of cases. Here, we report a case of S. intermedius wound infection in a 47-year-old woman with postradiation skin changes. Transmission occurred most likely through direct skin contact with her pet dog. This case highlights the possibility of pet-transmitted infections in predisposed patients and should raise awareness of possibly drug-resistant pathogens in animal reservoirs.

From the *University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; †Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine; ‡Division of Infectious Diseases, James A. Haley Veterans Medical Center, Tampa, FL; §Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiologist Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL; and ∥Internal Medicine and Oncological Sciences, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa, FL.

Correspondence to: John N. Greene, MD, FACP, Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiologist Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Internal Medicine and Oncological Sciences, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, 12902 Magnolia Drive, FOB-3, Tampa, FL 33612-9497. E-mail: john.greene@moffitt.org.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.