00106 - Bacteria: Pasteurella multocida

T. Magyar*, A. Lax

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Pasteurella multocida is a widespread veterinary pathogen with the potential to cause zoonotic infections in humans. Primarily, it is involved in the etiology of fowl cholera in birds, hemorrhagic septicemia in ungulates, and atrophic rhinitis in swine. As an opportunistic pathogen it is associated with respiratory diseases in various host species, and with human infections resulting mostly from injuries caused by companion animals. Its usual transmission is via contaminated saliva or aerosol. Wound infections caused by P. multocida usually lead to local cellulitis or abscess formation, but may also induce bone and joint infections, respiratory tract infections, intra-abdominal infections, endocarditis, meningitis, and even septicemia. Infections can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, ampicillin and third generation cephalosporins. No P. multocida vaccine is available for human use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory, Science and Methods
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123786128
ISBN (Print)9780123786135
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Animal bite
  • Antibiotics
  • Bacterium
  • Capsular serogroups
  • Foodborne pathogen
  • Mitogen
  • Opportunistic pathogen
  • P. Multocida toxin
  • Pasteurella multocida
  • Pneumonia
  • Virulence
  • Wound infection
  • Zoonosis

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