You never want to be the subject of a medical case report. A 37-year-old British woman was featured in a recent edition of Lancet (Brouwer et al 2010), in a paper entitled "A horse bite to remember."

The woman was admitted to hospital with a fever, headache, neck stiffness, confusion, difficulty

Streptococcus zooepidemicus is an important cause of infections in horses. This bacterium can also be found in healthy horses. When you consider the large number of horses that are infected and the larger number of healthy horses that are carriers, along with the close contact that people have with horses, it’s pretty obvious that people

I assume that people wouldn’t voluntarily and regularly walk around barefoot on dog feces (or feces of any type), yet it’s perplexing that some people regularly clean out horse stalls in bare feet (I’ve seen it done!). While horse manure may not be as inherently gross as dog poop, it’s still feces, and like all

I was asked this the other day, in regards to a post about pets and recurrent strep infections in people: "You listed a few things to remember and one of them was how the pet might be an "innocent bystander infected by a family member."  Is there any indication that a dog  might get

I received the following question the other day: "I have a friend who had chemo embolization on tumor on liver in late June. She is in hospital now, and an abscess was discovered on liver.  Pathology results said "equine strep".  Her brother visited immediately after procedure, and he works with horse full time."

Streptococcus is