• Capnocytophaga canimorsus;
  • Capnocytophaga;
  • epidemiology;
  • outcome;
  • sepsis

Clin Microbiol Infect 2011; 17: 312–315


A retrospective nationwide survey on the occurrence of Capnocytophaga canimorsus and Capnocytopaga cynodegmi infections in The Netherlands over 3 years showed 32 cases, of which 31 were caused by C. canimorsus and one by an unspecified oxidase-positive Capnocytophaga strain. Twenty-eight patients had been diagnosed by blood culture, one by culture from both blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), one by culture from a conjunctival swab, and two patients by 16S rRNA gene amplification by PCR directly from a blood or CSF specimen. The incidence rate was 0.67 infections per million population. Bacteraemia was found in 94% of the cases. The age range of patients was 38–80 years; 72% of them were male. Among 26 patients from whom clinical data were available, splenectomy was not reported, but alcoholism was reported in five. Nine patients (35%) had been admitted to the intensive-care unit, and three patients (13%) died. The mortality rate was much lower than observed in previous studies.