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Streptococcus pyogenes infection in a free-living European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)

Lawson, B; Franklinos, L; Efstratiou, A; Macgregor, SK; Hopkins, T; Cunningham, AA; (2015) Streptococcus pyogenes infection in a free-living European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus). Ecohealth , 12 (4) pp. 689-692. 10.1007/s10393-015-1051-2. Green open access

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Abstract

Streptococcus pyogenes, a common pathogen of humans, was isolated from the carcass of a free-living European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) found in northern England in June 2014. The animal had abscessation of the deep right cervical lymph node, mesenteric lymph nodes and liver. The S. pyogenes strain isolated from the lesions, peritoneal and pleural cavities was characterised as emm 28, which can be associated with invasive disease in humans. This is the first known report of S. pyogenes in a hedgehog and in any free-living wild animal that has been confirmed by gene sequencing. As close associations between wild hedgehogs and people in England are common, we hypothesise that this case might have resulted from anthroponotic infection.

Type: Article
Title: Streptococcus pyogenes infection in a free-living European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10393-015-1051-2
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10393-015-1051-2
Language: English
Additional information: © International Association for Ecology and Health 2015. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10393-015-1051-2.
Keywords: Streptococcus pyogenes, European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), anthroponosis, anthroponotic, reverse zoonosis
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469903
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