MICROBIOLOGY CASE STUDY 01 - Automotive technician

A 24-year old female automotive technician presents herself at the doctor’s office. She complains of fever and of pain in her left hand.

On physical examination, the patient had a deep wound on her left palm that was oozing pus. She had purplish, red streaks running up her left arm. She had enlarged lymph nodes at the elbow and under her arm. The patient’s skin was warm and dry.

In her history, the patient had punctured her left palm with sharp metal from the undercarriage of a "real cherry" 1977 Malibu about a week earlier. She said the wound had bled for a few minutes and she thought that she had washed it "real good" with soap and water. She had covered the wound with a large "band-aid" and gone back to work. She developed a fever about three days later. For the past couple of days, she "did not feel so good" and had vomiting and diarrhea.

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