Journal Article

Nosocomial Infections with <i>Aeromonas hydrophila</i> from Leeches

Catherine Sartor, Frédérique Limouzin-Perotti, Régis Legré, Dominique Casanova, Marie-Claude Bongrand, Rolland Sambuc and Michel Drancourt

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 35, issue 1, pages e1-e5
Published in print July 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Nosocomial Infections with Aeromonas hydrophila from Leeches

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The manner in which leeches are maintained before they are used for therapy has not been studied as a factor contributing to nosocomial infections. A 5-year retrospective survey of Aeromonas hydrophila nosocomial infections at a hospital in Marseille, France, revealed infections in 5 (4.1%) of an estimated 122 patients treated with leeches in the Hand Surgery Unit and 2 (2.4%) of an estimated 85 patients treated with leeches in other hospital units. The retrospective survey showed that the Hand Surgery Unit was the only unit that had its own aquarium for maintaining leeches; this aquarium was filled with tap water contaminated with Aeromonas species and was not regularly disinfected or cleaned. Leeches used in other units were maintained in noncarbonated water in a transport device. Use of leeches kept in aquariums that are filled with tap water and not disinfected or cleaned regularly may be linked to A. hydrophila infections.

Journal Article.  2870 words.  Illustrated.

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

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