Case Study 2

Boy with fever and rash

Wrong answer!

In early June a 15-year old boy comes to your practice with his mother. He had been fine until about five days ago when he developed a fever. He has a stiff neck and a rash on his back. He and his family live in Connecticut near the New York State border. His mother reports that he was playing in the woods with some friends recently.

Question 2 of 6

We established that the patient has Lyme disease.
Which of the following organism is he infected with?

D. Clostridium perfringens
Clostridium perfringens can cause anaerobic cellulitis and gas gangrene usually following profound tissue damage and the resulting disease is severe and life-threatening. The lesions of gas gangrene are substantially different from the rash observed in this patient.

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Tuesday, August 4, 1998
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