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Two cases ofActinomyces pyogenes infection in humans

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Few confirmed human cases ofActinomyces pyogenes infection have been reported partly because of inadequate identification of this bacterium. In this study, two new cases are reported with emphasis on the characteristics which are relevant for identification of the isolates. A review of previously reported cases is presented.

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Drancourt, M., Oulès, O., Bouche, V. et al. Two cases ofActinomyces pyogenes infection in humans. Eur. J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. 12, 55–57 (1993).

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