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Abstract

Introduction:

causes rat‐bite fever, an underdiagnosed zoonosis occurring worldwide. A variety of animals including livestock and exotic mammals are known to be susceptible hosts for this species, but little information is available regarding infection in companion animals.

Case presentation:

Following the necropsy of a domestic cat, bacteria displaying substantial characteristics of sp. were cultured from pneumonic lung tissue. ‐like morphological features observed included strictly microaerophilic pleomorphic Gram‐negative rods with bulbar swellings that grew exclusively in the presence of serum. Significant shared biochemical properties included negative reactions for cytochrome oxidase, catalase, urease, nitrate reduction and indole production, as well as broad antimicrobial susceptibility. These characteristics are all indicative of . However, 16S rRNA gene sequencing revealed only 98 % sequence homology to type strain DSM 12112. A mass spectrometry analysis confirmed the affiliation of the domestic cat isolate described in this study with bacteria of the genus , but matrix‐assisted laser desorption/ionization time‐of‐flight mass spectrometry indicated that it differed from nine reference strains of isolated from various sources and host species.

Conclusion:

This is the first evidence for clinical disease caused by a streptobacillary infection in a domestic cat.

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