In the world of infectious diseases, one worrisome phenomenon is when an illness that originated in animals jumps over into people. The process — known as zoonosis — is not uncommon and keeps researchers on their toes as they look for signs that an animal-borne disease might make inroads into the human population.
A new report focuses on just such a development — and the culprits in this case were guinea pigs. More specifically, they were guinea pigs infected with a bacteria known as Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus.
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