Diagnosis of Capnocytophaga canimorsus Sepsis by Whole-Genome Next-Generation Sequencing.


We report the case of a 60-year-old man with septic shock due to Capnocytophaga canimorsus that was diagnosed in 24 hours by a novel whole-genome next-generation sequencing assay. This technology shows great promise in identifying fastidious pathogens, and, if validated, it has profound implications for infectious disease diagnosis.





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Abril, Maria K, Adam S Barnett, Kara Wegermann, Eric Fountain, Andrew Strand, Benjamin M Heyman, Britton A Blough, Aparna C Swaminathan, et al. (2016). Diagnosis of Capnocytophaga canimorsus Sepsis by Whole-Genome Next-Generation Sequencing. Open Forum Infect Dis, 3(3). p. ofw144. 10.1093/ofid/ofw144 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/13301.

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Kara Wegermann

Assistant Professor of Medicine

My research focuses on genetic predictors of progression in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). I have investigated predictors of clinical progression in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease using the Duke NAFLD clinical database and biorepository. I find the genetic and modifiable risk factors for liver disease fascinating, particularly because of the potential for clinical intervention before cirrhosis or HCC are established.


Aparna Swaminathan

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Felicia Ruffin

Research Program Leader, Tier 1

Barbara Dudley Alexander

Professor of Medicine

Clinical research related to infectious complications of solid organ and bone marrow transplantation, with a particular interest in the treatment and rapid diagnosis of fungal disease. Training the next generation of Transplant Infectious Disease Physicians is a special focus of mine as the Principal Investigator of our Interdisciplinary T32 Training Program funded the NIH. 

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