60-year-old man with alcoholic cirrhosis was admitted to the hospital
with complaints of fever, chills, and a painful and swollen left elbow.
The patient reported that he lost consciousness 6 days prior to
admission while urinating and fell, sustaining a cut to his left elbow.
He drank heavily, smoked one pack of cigarettes a day, and owned an
indoor cat but denied being bitten or licked near his elbow.