Brief Report

Pediatric Nephrology

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 597-599

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Post streptococcal acute glomerulonephritis secondary to sporadic Streptococcus equi infection

  • Anna M. ThorleyAffiliated withDepartment of Paediatrics, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Email author 
  • , David CampbellAffiliated withDepartment of Paediatrics, Sunderland Royal Hospital
  • , Nadeem E. MoghalAffiliated withDepartment of Paediatrics, Royal Victoria Infirmary
  • , Sue HudsonAffiliated withDepartment of Paediatrics, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus infection is rare in humans, but a well-known cause of pyogenic disease in cows and horses. S. zooepidemicus uncommonly causes post-strep glomerulonephritis (PSGN) in humans via epidemic outbreaks. We present a sporadic case of post S. zooepidemicus glomerulonephritis in a child most probably contracted from a horse. The 14-year-old girl presented with the typical signs of PSGN, with S. equi zooepidemicus isolated from a blood culture, together with a low C3 and raised anti-DNAse B. This is the first known report of a sporadic case of PSGN in a child caused by this organism.


Streptococcus equi zooepidemicus Zoonosis Post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis