Dysgonic Fermenter-type 2: an emerging zoonosis. Report of two cases and review

Q J Med. 1988 Sep;68(257):741-52.


We report Dysgonic Fermenter-type 2 septicaemia presenting in two previously healthy individuals, and review 52 cases of infection with Dysgonic Fermenter-type 2 reported in the English language literature. This zoonosis is usually acquired through contact with dogs and cats. Infection often presents with little warning to patient or physician and carries a high mortality. The immunosuppressed patient, those without a spleen, alcoholics and those with chronic disease appear to be most susceptible, although the healthy individual is also prone to infection. The infection is probably underdiagnosed due to difficulties in isolating Dysgonic Fermenter-type 2 by conventional blood culture techniques. Clinical and microbiological awareness is of prime importance in the early diagnosis of this potentially lethal infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy
  • Bacterial Infections / transmission*
  • Bacterial Infections / veterinary
  • Bites and Stings / complications
  • Dog Diseases / transmission
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Gram-Negative Bacteria
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Penicillin G / therapeutic use
  • Sepsis / transmission
  • Zoonoses*


  • Penicillin G