Streptococcus suis Meningitis, a Poacher's Risk

  • T. Halaby
  • E. Hoitsma
  • R. Hupperts
  • L. Spanjaard
  • M. Luirink
  • J. Jacobs
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DOI: 10.1007/PL00011230

Cite this article as:
Halaby, T., Hoitsma, E., Hupperts, R. et al. EJCMID (2000) 19: 943. doi:10.1007/PL00011230

Abstract

Streptococcus suis infection is a zoonosis that has been mainly reported in pig-rearing and pork-consuming countries. The most common disease manifestation is meningitis, often associated with cochleovestibular signs. The causative agent is Streptococcus suis serotype 2, found as a commensal in the tonsils of its natural host, the pig. Persons at risk are mostly those with an occupational exposure to domestic pigs or their meat products. A case of meningitis caused by Streptococcus suis in a poacher who had killed and butchered a wild boar is reported. It appears that wild boar hunters are at additional risk of contracting the disease.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Halaby
    • 1
  • E. Hoitsma
    • 2
  • R. Hupperts
    • 2
  • L. Spanjaard
    • 4
  • M. Luirink
    • 3
  • J. Jacobs
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical Microbiology, Maastricht University Hospital, PB 5800, 6202 AZ, Maastricht, The Netherlands e-mail: AHAL@LIMB.AZM.NL Tel.: +31-43-3874644/6644 Fax : +31-43-3876643NL
  2. 2.Department of Neurology, Maastricht University Hospital, PB 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht, The NetherlandsNL
  3. 3.Intensive Care Unit, Maastricht University Hospital, P.B. 5800, 6202 AZ, Maastricht, The NetherlandsNL
  4. 4.WHO Reference Laboratory for Bacterial Meningitis, Department of Medical Microbiology, Academic Medical Centre, Meibergdreef 15, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The NetherlandsNL