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Pateurella multocida

- Discussion:
    - typically secondary to a cat bite;
    - the area involved may become painful and swollen and be accompanied by a secondary lymphadenitis and lymphangitis;
           - osteomyelitis is another complication;
    - the bacteriologist should be informed about the possibility of this infection, since the organism may resemble a gram negative bacterium
    - penicillin is the agent of choice

Pasteurella multocida--the major cause of hand infections following domestic animal bites.