Case report: Two human Streptococcus suis infections in Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia

Giri Shan Rajahram, Ahneez Abdul Hameed, Jayaram Menon, Timothy WILLIAM, Paul Anantharajah Tambyah, Tsin Wen Yeo

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Background: Streptococcus Suis (S.suis) is increasingly being recognised as a potentially preventable emerging zoonotic infection in humans with a global distribution. It is a major cause of meningitis especially among those in contact with pigs and has also been associated with a toxic shock syndrome.

Case presentations: We report the first two human cases from Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia which expands the global reach of this important pathogen. Here, we illustrate their epidemiological risk factors, clinical presentation and resulting sequelae of both patients.

Conclusion: The continued public health threat of zoonotic infections such as S.suis, highlights the need for accurate epidemiological surveillance, regulation of pig farming, slaughtering and continued advocacy of best practices for pork preparation and consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Article number188
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2017


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