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Pasteurella multocida p. , 147, 183
Pasteurella multocida p. , 147
osteomyelitis p. 177
transmission p. 147, 183
Pasteurella multocida is a gram-negative coccobacillus which is involved in a zoonotic infection.
Most often, it causes soft tissue and respiratory infections.
All of these subspecies are encapsulated, meaning they have a polysaccharide layer called a capsule.
And depending on the capsular antigens found on the capsule, they can be grouped in 5 different serogroups: A, B, D, E and F.
Each of them is involved in a different type of disease and only serogroups A and D cause disease in humans.
Now, Pasteurella multocida has a thin peptidoglycan layer, so it doesn’t retain the crystal violet dye during gram staining.
Instead, like any other gram-negative bacteria, it stains pink with safranin dye.
But, sometimes, it can have a bipolar staining which means that only the poles of the bacteria stain pink, and the rest of it remains unstained, so the bacteria look like safety pins under the microscope.
Alright, now Pasteurella multocida is non-motile, non-spore forming, and facultative anaerobic which means it can survive in both aerobic and anaerobic environments.
Finally, Pasteurella multocida grows well at 37ºc on sheep blood agar, which is the preferred culture medium, but it can also grow on chocolate agar, Mueller-Hinton agar or brain heart infusion agar.
The colonies are opaque or grey, and small - they’re only about 1-2 millimeters in diameter each.
First, on its capsule there are fimbriae, which are hair-like extensions that help the bacteria attach to host cells.
Pasteurella multocida is a gram-negative, facultative anaerobic coccobacillus inhabiting the upper respiratory tract of animals, particularly in cats and dogs. It is known to cause zoonotic infections from animals to humans, including cellulitis, osteomyelitis, endocarditis, or even meningitis.
Symptoms vary depending on the type of infection, and the diagnosis relies on cultures from biological samples like pus, cerebrospinal, blood, or respiratory tract samples, and PCR. Pasteurella multocida infections are treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, tetracyclines, cephalosporins, and quinolones.
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