|Systemic infection was diagnosed in two critically ill dogs from Florida.
Fever was absent in both dogs. Both dogs were treated surgically and provided with intensive care, but only one survived.
The identification of characteristic, violet-pigmented bacterial colonies on routine microbial cultures should alert microbiologists and clinicians to the likelihood of this dangerous pathogen.
Because of the rapidly progressive nature of this infection, empirical antibiotic administration with fluoroquinolones should be employed pending susceptibility testing
Source: Patricia A. Crosse, Karen Soares, Jason L. Wheeler, Kirsten L. Cooke, Chris A. Adin, Jeffrey J. OÂKelley, Julie Kay Levy (2006):
Chromobacterium violaceum Infection in Two Dogs. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 42:154-159 (2006)
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