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Clin Infect Dis. 2002 Mar 1;34(5):714-5. Epub 2002 Jan 23.

Unusual portal of entry of Vibrio vulnificus: evidence of its prolonged survival on the skin.

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Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Ha'Emek Medical Center, Afula 18101, Israel. colodner_ra@clalit.org.il

Abstract

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.

PMID:
11807684
DOI:
10.1086/338871
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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