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21 Aug 2006 Pasteurellosis

Human infection most commonly presents as a painful cellulitis following animal bites or scratches, usually from cats or dogs; over 50% of these pets are said to have the organism in their mouths and show no clinical signs.  Chronic skin lesions and occasionally, penetrating wounds may become infected with Pasteurella species especially in individuals living with pet animals.

Pasteurella multocida is the most commonly reported zoonotic infection in this group, resulting usually from infected dog and cat bites or scratches.

In Scotland in 2005 there were 10 cases of Pasteurella multocida and 17 in 2004.