Respiratory diphtheria due to Corynebacterium ulcerans transmitted by a companion dog, Italy 2014

Monica Monaco, Anna Rita Sacchi, Marzia Scotti, Fabiola Mancini, Carlo Riccio, Giulia Errico, Giovanna Ratti, Filippo Bondi, Alessandra Ciervo, Annalisa Pantosti

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A serious respiratory tract infection due to Corynebacterium ulcerans was observed in a 70-year-old woman. Clinical presentation included pseudomembranes in the upper respiratory tract and lung involvement. C. ulcerans was recovered from the nose of the patient’s dog. Both dog’s and patient’s isolates belonged to Sequence Type 331.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)903-905
Number of pages3
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017



  • Corynebacterium ulcerans
  • Diphtheria toxin
  • Dog
  • Molecular typing
  • Respiratory diphtheria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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