Case report: two human Streptococcus suis infections in Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia
Rajahram, Giri Shan
Hameed, Ahneez Abdul
Tambyah, Paul Anantharajah
Yeo, Tsin Wen
Date of Issue2017
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Background: Streptococcus Suis (S.suis) is increasingly being recognised as a potentially preventable emerging zoonotic infection in humans with a global distribution. It is a major cause of meningitis especially among those in contact with pigs and has also been associated with a toxic shock syndrome. Case presentations: We report the first two human cases from Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia which expands the global reach of this important pathogen. Here, we illustrate their epidemiological risk factors, clinical presentation and resulting sequelae of both patients. Conclusion: The continued public health threat of zoonotic infections such as S.suis, highlights the need for accurate epidemiological surveillance, regulation of pig farming, slaughtering and continued advocacy of best practices for pork preparation and consumption.
BMC Infectious Diseases
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