Figure 1 CSF from a cat with bacterial meningitis. Note the increased number of neutrophils with evidence of intracellular bacteria (arrow). Image courtesy of Gwen Levine, DVM, DACVP (Clinical Pathology)

Bacterial infections of the CNS can cause a variety of severe focal (eg, seizures, paresis) and multifocal (eg, multiple cranial nerve deficits, diffuse spinal pain) neurologic signs.1 Common bacterial isolates of CNS infections include Staphylococcus spp, Streptococcus spp, Pasteurella spp, and Escherichia coli.2,3 

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