Year : 2023  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 281-283

Streptococcus suis meningitis in a COVID-19 patient: A case report

1 Serviço de Anestesiologia, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário do Porto, Porto, Portugal
2 Serviço de Cuidados Intensivos, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário do Porto, Porto, Portugal

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Patricia Bastos Viana
Largo Prof. Abel Salazar, 4099-001 Porto
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DOI: 10.4103/sja.sja_722_22

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Streptococcus suis is a Gram-positive, facultative anaerobic bacterium and has its natural reservoir in pigs. Infection by this microorganism usually manifests in humans as meningitis, endocarditis, sepsis, and/or arthritis after contact with pigs or pork. Meningitis is a very common manifestation and Streptococcus suis may be considered its second most common cause. A clinical course may manifest acutely or with a more chronic course. Streptococcus suis is endemic in pork-consuming and pig-rearing countries, but may occur all over the world, especially in individuals with occupational exposure to pigs and/or pork, such as abattoir workers, butchers, and farmers. Most infections are observed in adults without preexisting diseases. We report a case of Streptococcus suis meningitis in a healthy patient with occupational exposure and with an asymptomatic infection by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, who was admitted to an intensive care unit in a tertiary hospital in the North of Portugal.

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