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VENTURA, Verónica et al. Streptococcus suis meningoencephalitis: First two cases reported in Uruguay. Arch. Med Int [online]. 2015, vol.37, n. 2, pp.80-82. ISSN 0250-3816.

Infection with Streptococcus suis (S. suis) is an uncommon emerging zoonosis, secondary to food or occupational exposure to pigs. Infection in humans is considered an emerging disease with onset of sporadic cases and outbreaks rarely. They are a major problem in the swine industry worldwide since colonizes the respiratory, digestive and genital tracts of pigs, they remain asymptomatic carriers in 80% of cases. In the human S. suis causes a systemic infection that can affect various organs. Meningitis is the most common presentation (68%), less often can cause sepsis (25%), arthritis (12.9%), endocarditis (12.4%) and endophthalmitis (4.6%). The treatment of choice for S suis meningitis is penicillin. In this communication the first two cases of meningoencephalitis caused by S. suis in Uruguay in 2008 and 2009. A third case was reported in Paysandú in 2009.

Keywords : Streptococcus suis; Meningitis.

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