Emergence of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus as an Important Cause of Diarrhea in Malaysia

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  • Bacteriology Division, Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Vibrio parahaemolyticus was isolated from 47 of 2,699 stools examined primarily for the exclusion of cholera. All strains grew well in alkaline peptone water containing 0.5% NaCl and in Monsur's medium. Serotyping showed them to be of various types. Adults were mainly affected. The importance of looking for V. parahaemolyticus in clinical specimens from cases of diarrhea is emphasized.