Infections with Vibrio vulnificus Article

cited authors

  • Borenstein, M; Kerdel, F

fiu authors

abstract

  • V. vulnificus is an uncommon cause of soft tissue infection and primary septicemia, especially in patients with hepatic disease or who patients who are immunocompromised. The mortality of infection in these patients is extremely high despite timely antibiotic therapy. It is important to consider the possibility of infection with V. vulnificus in patients who present with high fever and rapidly progressive sepsis and have a history of consumption of raw seafood (especially oysters) or exposure of open wounds in a marine environment. Public education regarding the risk of raw seafood consumption is essential to preventing infection with this virulent pathogen.

publication date

  • January 1, 2003

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 245

end page

  • 248

volume

  • 21

issue

  • 2