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Infect Chemother. 2014 Jun;46(2):106-9. doi: 10.3947/ic.2014.46.2.106. Epub 2014 Jun 20.

Isolation of Vibrio vulnificus from Seawater and Emerging Vibrio vulnificus Septicemia on Jeju Island.

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1
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.
2
Department of Internal Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.
3
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.
4
Department of Earth and Marine Science, Jeju National University College of Ocean Science, Jeju, Korea.

Abstract

Vibrio vulnificus is an opportunistic human pathogen, transmitted from seawater, raw oyster, and shellfish and responsible for severe septicemia. We studied V. vulnificus from surface seawater around Jeju Island between 2010 and 2011. In 2010, V. vulnificus was isolated and V. vulnificus septicemia was reported. Surface seawater temperature is an important factor for growth of V. vulnificus, and here we showed that high surface seawater temperature may influence growth of V. vulnificus and occurrence of emerging V. vulnificus septicemia on Jeju Island. This is the first report of isolation of V. vulnificus and emerging V. vulnificus septicemia on Jeju Island.

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Seawater; Sepsis; Temperature; Vibrio vulnificus

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