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3 severe pneumonia cases traced to bacterium from guinea pigs

Three people in the Netherlands were hospitalized -- two of them in intensive care -- for pneumonia after being infected with Chlamydia caviae from contact with guinea pigs, doctors reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Lead author Bart Ramakers said veterinarians and physicians should be aware that the bacterium can be transmitted from animals to people and said it has also been detected in dogs, rabbits and horses.

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