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?

C. Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunist which can cause skin lesions. Infections usually follow either damage to the skin or septicemia (in which the patient would be seriously ill). Infections with this organism do not result in Lyme disease.

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Tuesday, August 4, 1998
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