Wound Infection and Septic Shock due to Vibrio Vulnificus

Luis E. CastilloDepartment of Internal Medicine, Section on Infectious Diseases, Ochsner Medical Institutions, New Orleans, Louisiana 70121

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Dean L. WinslowDepartment of Internal Medicine, Section on Infectious Diseases, Ochsner Medical Institutions, New Orleans, Louisiana 70121

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George A. PankeyDepartment of Internal Medicine, Section on Infectious Diseases, Ochsner Medical Institutions, New Orleans, Louisiana 70121

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Vibrio vulnificus is an organism commonly found in the marine environment whose pathogenic potential for humans has been recently recognized. Two patients are described who developed rapidly progressing wound infections and bacteremia due to this halophilic, lactose-positive vibrio. The clinical manifestations of the resulting infection differed from patterns reported by other authors.

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