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Vibrio vulnificus septicemia. Isolation of organism from stool and demonstration of antibodies by indirect immunofluorescence.

Authors
  • Pollak, S J
  • Parrish, E F 3rd
  • Barrett, T J
  • Dretler, R
  • Morris, J G Jr
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Internal Medicine
Publisher
American Medical Association
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1983
Volume
143
Issue
4
Pages
837–838
Identifiers
PMID: 6340632
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Vibrio vulnificus was isolated from blood and stool cultures from a 65-year-old man who had underlying alcoholic liver disease. The patient had eaten raw oysters the day before he became ill. To our knowledge, this is the first published report of isolation of the organism from stool in a patient with primary septicemia, and it provides support for epidemiologic studies suggesting that the infection is acquired through the gastrointestinal tract by eating raw seafood containing the organism. It was also possible, in this case, to demonstrate the presence of high antibody titers to the blood isolate by indirect immunofluorescence but not by agglutinating or vibriocidal tests.

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