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Case report
Staphylococcus pseudintermedius catheter-related bloodstream infection after exposure to domestic dogs and a cat
  1. Mark Anthony Diaz1,
  2. Lindsay B Gardner2 and
  3. Claudia R Libertin1
  1. 1 Infectious Disease, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  2. 2 Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Claudia R Libertin; libertin.claudia{at}


We report a case of a catheter-related bloodstream infection due to oxacillin-susceptible Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in a patient receiving haemodialysis who possibly acquired the organism from her pets. Because of persistent bacteremia and the organism’s ability to form biofilm, catheter removal and antimicrobial therapy were indicated to attain source control. Both clinical and microbiological cure were confirmed. Catheter care education should include information about pet exposure and the possibility of zoonotic infections.

  • haematology (incl blood transfusion)
  • emergency medicine

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  • Contributors MAD: conceived and designed the manuscript. LBG: conceived and contributed to the manuscript. CRL: conceived, designed, and proofed the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Next of kin consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.