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a bacterial species linked to infections from dog bites (including bacteremia, endocarditis, and meningitis). Formerly designated DF-2 (that is, dysgonic fermenter-2) by the CDC. These infections usually occur in patients with impaired immune systems.
The main human pathogen associated with dog bites. This organism causes septicemia, meningitis, endocarditis, and rare ocular infections.Persons at increased risk of developing C. canimorsus infections include patients who have undergone a splenectomy and those who abuse alcohol.
Treatments may include penicillins, or in penicillin-allergic patients, doxycycline and metronidazole.
See also: Capnocytophaga