Streptococcus zooepidemicus

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Streptococcus zooepidemicus
Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Firmicutes
Class: Bacilli
Order: Lactobacillales
Family: Streptococcaceae
Genus: Streptococcus
Species: S. zooepidemicus
Binomial name
Streptococcus zooepidemicus

Streptococcus zooepidemicus is a species of Streptococcus.[1]

Streptococcus zooepidemicus is a Lancefield group C streptococcus. It is a mucosal commensal and opportunistic pathogen of several animals and humans. It is a clonal ancestor of Streptococcus equi with which it shares greater than 98% DNA homology and many of the virulence factors.

In March 2016, there was a rare case in the United States, of a 71 year old woman contracting the disease from a horse and dying in the result of that infection.[2]