A 3-week-old male neonate presented with fever, pallor, and irritability secondary to Pasteurella multocida meningitis. Exposure within the household to a pet cat and dog occurred; there is no definitive evidence of transmission of infection. We conclude that through indirect contamination, the patient was colonized with Pasteurella multocida followed by systemic infection.
From the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
Correspondence to: Dale F. Bergamo, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of South Florida, 17 Davis Blvd, Suite 200, Tampa, FL, 33606. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Menchise is now at Cincinnati Children Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.