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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 7, Issue 5, Pages 329-331
Case Report

Streptococcus suis Meningitis: First Case Reported in Quebec

Sophie Michaud,1 Raymond Duperval,1 and Robert Higgins2

1Département de médecine, Faculté de médecine, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Canada
2Québec and Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Groupe de recherche sur les maladies infectieuses du porc, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Received 1 November 1995; Accepted 14 February 1996

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Very few Streptococcus suis infections in humans have been reported in Canada, although the condition is frequent in pigs. Meningitis, often accompanied by severe hearing loss, is the most common clinical manifestation. The disease is an occupational illness affecting persons in contact with pigs and may be underdiagnosed because of misidentification of the responsible bacterium. Since Quebec is the leading province for swine production in Canada, physicians and microbiologists should be aware of this infection, especially when a streptococcal meningitis is diagnosed in swine workers. The first case of S suis type 2 meningitis reported in Quebec is described.