Journal Article

Unusual Portal of Entry of <i>Vibrio vulnificus:</i> Evidence of Its Prolonged Survival on the Skin

R. Colodner, B. Chazan, J. Kopelowitz, Y. Keness and R. Raz

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 34, issue 5, pages 714-715
Published in print March 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/338871
Unusual Portal of Entry of Vibrio vulnificus: Evidence of Its Prolonged Survival on the Skin

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Vibrio vulnificus biotype 3 is an emerging pathogen isolated from cultures of skin and blood samples obtained from patients who were directly injured by the fins of tilapia fish bred in artificial ponds. We describe a patient infected with this pathogen after being punctured by a wire. Meticulous anamnestic investigation demonstrated for the first time that this pathogen can survive on the skin for at least 24 hours.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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