A 48‐year‐old woman presented with three days of nausea and vomiting and two days of worsening right‐sided lower abdominal pain. Diarrhoea developed soon after presentation. She denied sick contacts and recent overseas travels but recalled a prolonged handling of gardening soil with bare hands while having multiple superficial skin lacerations acquired from a domestic cat.
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