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Pasteurella Multocida Infection

Pasteurella multocida or P. multocida is a bacterium that can cause a bad skin infection. The infection can then spread into bones and tendons. Rarely, the infection can spread to your blood. If this happens, you can develop a heart infection (endocarditis). The bacteria can also cause an infection on the surface of the brain (meningitis).

CAUSES
This kind of infection is usually caused by an animal bite. It can also occur after an animal licks a person's skin that is damaged by a cut or scratch. Cats, dogs, poultry (chicken, turkey), and livestock (cow, horse, sheep) can all carry the bacteria. Sometimes, the cause is not known.

RISK FACTORS
This condition is more likely to develop in:

SYMPTOMS
Symptoms
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This may include CT scans or an MRI scan.

TREATMENT
This condition is treated with antibiotic medicines. These medicines may be given by mouth or through an IV. You may also need a tetanus shot.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS
• Take your antibiotic medicine as told by your health care provider. Do not stop taking the antibiotic even if you start to feel better.
• Rest as told by your health care provider.
• Keep all follow-up visits as told by your health care provider. This is important.
• Check your wound every day for signs of infection. Watch for:
○ Redness, swelling, or pain.
○ Fluid, blood, or pus.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:
• You received a tetanus shot and you have swelling, severe pain, redness, or bleeding at the injection site.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:
• Your pain from the wound gets worse.
• You have redness, swelling, or pain around the wound.
• You have fluid, blood, or pus coming from your wound.
• You have trouble moving the infected area.
• You develop swollen joints.
• You develop a bad headache or a stiff neck.
• You have chest pain.
• You have trouble breathing.
• You have a fever.

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