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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2018 Jul;99(1):168-170. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.17-0646. Epub 2018 May 17.

Cholera Outbreak due to Raw Seafood Consumption in South Korea, 2016.

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1
Division of infectious Disease Control, Center for Infectious Disease Control, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju, Republic of Korea.
2
Division of Enteric Diseases, Center for Infectious Disease, Korea National Institute of Health, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju, Republic of Korea.
3
Division of Vaccine Research, Center for Infectious Disease, Korea National Institute of Health, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju, Republic of Korea.
4
National Yeosu Quarantine Station, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

Three cases of cholera occurred in South Korea during a period of three weeks in August 2016. All the cases were associated with the consumption of raw seafood in southern coastal area of South Korea. Epidemiologic investigations were performed to track the spread of cholera, including persons in contact with the cholera patients, seafood, and seawater from the fish tank and marine environments. A microbiological investigation demonstrated that cholera isolated from the three patients and a seawater sample at the Korea Strait showed identical serotype (O1 Ogawa), biotype (El tor), and toxin (ctx-positive). Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis analysis showed that the three clinical strains are identical (100%) and shared 97% identity with the seawater sample.

PMID:
29785923
PMCID:
PMC6085800
[Available on 2019-07-01]
DOI:
10.4269/ajtmh.17-0646

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