Streptococcus phocae isolated from a spotted seal (Phoca largha) with pyometra in Alaska. Academic Article uri icon


  • A spotted seal harvested by subsistence hunters in Kotzebue Sound, Alaska (USA), showed a grossly enlarged uterus and associated lymph nodes. Streptococcus phocae was isolated from the purulent uterine discharge. Histopathologic examination revealed inflammation that was limited to the uterine mucosa. Lymph nodes draining the affected organ were reactive but no evidence of active infection was found in the lymph nodes. This report is the first Streptococcus phocae isolated from spotted seals as well as the first report of pyometra as the main pathologic finding associated with this pathogen. Isolation of this pathogen from Alaska expands the reported range to arctic pinnipeds. Zoonotic potential remains unknown.

author list (cited authors)

  • Hueffer, K., Lieske, C. L., McGilvary, L. M., Hare, R. F., Miller, D. L., & O'Hara, T. M.

publication date

  • January 1, 2011 11:11 AM