Veterinarian Jennifer McQuiston, an expert on Capnocytophaga with the CDC, says she has two dogs that lick her children, and most Capnocytophaga infections respond well to common antibiotics. People with alcoholism, the elderly, people with weak immune systems and people who do not have a spleen are at risk of sepsis from Capnocytophaga infections, and recognizing the symptoms is key to recovery, Dr. McQuiston and other experts say.

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