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Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2002 Jul;21(7):537-8. Epub 2002 Jun 28.

Wound Infection due to Vibrio vulnificus in Spain.

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Department of Microbiology, Miguel Servet University Hospital, Paseo Isabel la Católica, 1-3, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain.


Vibrio vulnificus is a gram-negative rod that can cause septicaemia and skin lesions, usually in patients with underlying illnesses such as chronic liver disease or diabetes mellitus. Infections caused by this bacterium are unusual in Spain. A case of skin infection due to Vibrio vulnificus is reported in a patient whose abraded skin on his left leg came into contact with seawater. The patient died suddenly, probably due to septicaemia or bacteraemia caused by this organism. Vibrio vulnificus infection must be considered in the differential diagnosis of septicaemia, skin lesions and wound infections, particularly when a patient reports a history of contact with seawater.

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