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Elizabethkingia anophelis infection in an infant: an unusual presentation
  1. Mohsin Raj Mantoo1,
  2. Jagat Jeevan Ghimire1,
  3. Sarita Mohapatra2 and
  4. Jhuma Sankar1
  1. 1Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  2. 2Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jhuma Sankar; jhumaji{at}


A 7-month-old male infant presented with history of fever for 2 weeks, multiple ecchymotic patches over face, trunk and lower limbs, and one episode of seizure. The infant had shock, respiratory failure, severe anaemia, thrombocytopenia and temporoparietal haematoma on CT scan of the head. He was managed with supportive care and broad-spectrum empiric antibiotics. Two consecutive blood cultures grew Elizabethkingia anophelis, sensitive only to piperacillin–tazobactam. The infant responded to therapy and was discharged after 2 weeks of hospital stay. Repeated coagulation studies done to rule out an underlying bleeding disorder were negative. There was no clue in favour of non-accidental trauma. We report this case to highlight the unusual clinical presentation of this emerging pathogen. Mostly reported in outbreaks from surgical and post-operative intensive care units, it was worrisome to find this infant presenting with community-acquired E. anophelis infection.

  • infectious diseases
  • paediatric intensive care

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since published online. The author's name has been corrected from "Sarita Mahopatra" to "Sarita Mohapatra".

  • Contributors MRM, JJG and JS were involved in writing the manuscript and managing the case. SM performed the microbiological diagnosis and reviewed the manuscript. All authors have seen and approved 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.

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