Guinea pigs join horses and cows as source of Strep

Guinea pig

Guinea pigs can be a source of the zoonotic bacteria Streptococcus equi ssp. zooepidemicus, according to a study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The bacterium is also passed to people from infected cows or horses. Veterinarian Karen Gruszynski, first author on the study, stressed that transmission of the bacteria from animals to humans is rare. “So what’s important about this finding is that it identifies another source of transmission that doctors can look for,” said Dr. Gruszynski. HealthDay News (12/16)

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