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Am J Med. 1986 Feb;80(2):336-8.

Gastroenteritis in patients with stool isolates of Vibrio vulnificus.

Abstract

Vibrio vulnificus, a marine Vibrio associated with severe extraintestinal infections, has not been previously implicated as a cause of infectious diarrhea. Three patients were identified with diarrheal illness from whom this organism was the sole pathogen recovered from cultured stool specimens. All three had eaten raw oysters within one week of becoming ill. These patients were all taking medication that reduces gastric acidity, two were heavy drinkers of alcohol, and one had unrecognized colon cancer; these factors may have predisposed to the development of disease. Clinicians should consider that V. vulnificus may be a cause of gastroenteritis in patients who have consumed raw oysters.

PMID:
3946453
DOI:
10.1016/0002-9343(86)90038-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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