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J Clin Microbiol. May 1993; 31(5): 1315–1317.
PMCID: PMC262926

Epidemic of diarrhea caused by Vibrio cholerae non-O1 that produced heat-stable toxin among Khmers in a camp in Thailand.


An epidemic of a cholera-like disease occurred among Khmers in a camp in Aranyaprathet, Thailand, in May 1990. Of 215 patients with diarrhea, Vibrio cholerae O1 was isolated from 25 (12%) and V. cholerae non-O1 was isolated from 15 (7%). Five of 15 (33%) non-O1 V. cholerae isolates hybridized with two different oligonucleotide probes previously used to detect V. cholerae non-O1 that produces a heat-stable toxin. This is the first description of an epidemic of diarrhea caused by V. cholerae non-O1 that produces heat-stable toxin.

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