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Medical Term:

Pasteurella multocida


a bacterial species that causes fowl cholera and hemorrhagic septicemia in sheep and goats, shipping fever in cattle, bronchopneumonia in swine, and other forms of disease in many warm-blooded animals; may infect dog or cat bites or scratches and cause cellulitis and septicemia in humans, especially those with chronic disease or those who are immunocompromised. Most common pathogen associated with cat and dog bites. Cause of pasteurellosis; of economic importance in rabbits (syn snuffles); in rabbits clinical signs include abscesses, pneumonia, purulent rhinitis, genital, eye or inner ear infections. May be part of the normal flora in cattle, sheep, birds, and other animals. It is the type species of the Pasteurella.

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