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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2013, Article ID 923034, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/923034
Case Report

Septicemia and Aortic Valve Endocarditis due to Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae in a Homeless Man

University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

Received 11 February 2013; Accepted 19 March 2013

Academic Editors: L. M. Bush, S. Dogra, and P. O. Sumba

Copyright © 2013 Dean Campbell and Mark Cowan. 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.

Abstract

We report a case of bacterial endocarditis due to Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae in a homeless man with no animal exposure. His course was complicated by an allergic reaction to ampicillin, urinary bladder infection, respiratory failure, and acute kidney injury. He recovered completely after aortic valve replacement and a 6-week course of intravenous ceftriaxone.