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First Posted: Oct 13, 2009
Jan 14, 2012

Association of Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia Infection with Lower Airway Disease in the Horse: A Retrospective Case Series

"Association of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia infection with lower airway disease in the horse: A retrospective case series.
Winther L, Andersen RM, Baptiste KE, Aalbæk B, Guardabassi L.
Department of Large Animal Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is being reported with increasing frequency as a human nosocomial pathogen, especially among immuno-compromised patients. To the authors' knowledge, this pathogen has not previously been associated with lower airway disease in the horse. In this paper the clinical findings, laboratory diagnosis and response to treatment of seven cases of respiratory infection with S. maltophilia in horses, presented at three equine referral hospitals in Denmark in 2007, are described. ... This study indicates that S. maltophilia can be associated with chronic lower airway disease in the horse and provides useful initial insights into the diagnosis, therapy and epidemiology of this novel condition."


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