Zoonotic endocarditis in a man, The Netherlands

Sleutjens, Janneke; Meijer, Dennie; Meregalli, Paola G.; Bakker, Leendert; Wagenaar, Jaap A.; Duim, Birgitta; Zomer, Aldert


In 2017, endocarditis caused by Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus was diagnosed in a man in the Netherlands who had daily contact with horses. Whole-genome sequencing of isolates from the man and his horses confirmed the same clone, indicating horse-to-human transmission. Systematic reporting of all zoonotic cases would help with risk assessment.