Part of me thinks this is interesting and part of me wonders why it’s noteworthy. Let’s go with the first thought and consider the interesting aspects of a presentation at the recent ASM Microbe 2019 Conference, “79 cases of pet-associated Pasteurella multocida infections in a 30-month period with reports of novel modes of

Orange White KittenAnytime you see a case report in the medical literature, you know it must be something rare or new. Otherwise, no one would publish the occurrence of a single case. That can skew people’s perceptions because weird things get more attention.

So, it’s always hard to say what we should think about one-off reports of

Spaniel tongueI like to write about interesting papers that appear in the medical literature. A problem with that is that it’s often weird cases that get published.  So, it’s important to keep things in perspective.

Regardless, reports of rare things still provide some insight, as long as people don’t over-react (which, unfortunately, is often the case).

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll note the recurring theme of "every animal (and person) is carrying multiple microbes that can harm you, given the right circumstances. Fortunately, the right circumstances don’t usually occur."

There are situations in which those risks increase, and understanding cost-benefit is a key aspect of disease prevention. Sometimes pet