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Outbreak of <i>Aeromonas hydrophila</i> Wound Infections Associated with Mud Football

Hassan Vally, Amanda Whittle, Scott Cameron, Gary K. Dowse and Tony Watson

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 8, pages 1084-1089
Published in print April 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/382876
Outbreak of Aeromonas hydrophila Wound Infections Associated with Mud Football

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On 16 February 2002, a total of 26 people presented to the emergency department of the local hospital in the rural town of Collie in southwest Western Australia with many infected scratches and pustules distributed over their bodies. All of the patients had participated in a “mud football” competition the previous day, in which there had been ∼100 participants. One patient required removal of an infected thumbnail, and another required surgical debridement of an infected toe. Aeromonas hydrophila was isolated from all 3 patients from whom swab specimens were obtained. To prepare the mud football fields, a paddock was irrigated with water that was pumped from an adjacent river during the 1-month period before the competition. A. hydrophila was subsequently isolated from a water sample obtained from the river. This is the first published report of an outbreak of A. hydrophila wound infections associated with exposure to mud.

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

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