Diseases of Man Acquired from his Pets by B. Bisseru

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Multocida is uncommon. Sinusitis in man with this organism appears to run a very chronic course and P. multocida has been responsible for acute appendicitis, puerperal sepsis, meningitis, pneumonia, empyema thoracis and, rarely, bronchiectasis in humans but the method of infection is not fully known. The organism is sometimes found in the human nose without producing any symptoms, but at other times may be responsible for a chronic, greenish nasal discharge. A chronically infected frontal sinus, due to P.

T. verrucosum, mainly a cattle dermatophyte, is largely responsible for tinea barbae seen in farmers, but T. mentagrophytes and even M. canis may be responsible. In rural areas many individuals may be infected but they do not seek treatment. M. audouni may cause an epidemic of head ringworm ; T. rubrum essentially infects man but the dog may acquire it from him. Treatment and control of ringworm Griseofulvin, an antifungal antibiotic, is a safe, effective remedy for chronic ringworm infections in animal and man, the dose being Carnivores 31 1 to 2 grammes daily for adults; children tolerate 0-25 grammes three times daily with few side effects.

Painful local swelling with inflammation or abscess formation after dog or cat bites necessitates treatment with tetracycline. Tetanus prophylaxis is given at the onset after a careful history of allergy and sensitivity to horse serum. P. pseudotuberculosis as a cause of disease in man was recognized about a decade ago and since then the organism has been isolated many times. Human contact with wild and domestic rodents and birds is important as far as transmission of the organism is concerned ; dogs and cats play a significant part.

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