Korean J Infect Dis.  1998 Oct;30(5):493-496.

A Case of Acute Gastroenteritis caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Clinical Pathology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Acute gastroenteritis caused by more than one Vibrio species has been rarely reported although most pathogenic Vibrio species share the same natural habitats. Recognition of multiple Vibrio species in one or more infectious processes is crucial in the management of patients because invasiveness, virulence, and resistance to antimicrobials can vary from species to species. We report a case of acute gastroenteritis by Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus. The patient was a previously healthy 47-year old man who presented with watery mucoid diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and vomiting. On the previous day, he had eaten raw fish and developed the above symptoms about 10 hours later. The patient received only supportive therapy and was discharged on the same day with improvement. V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus were isolated from stool specimen. The patient was fully recovered and subsequent stool culture demonstrated no pathogenic microorganisms.

Keyword

Gastroenteritis; Vibrio parahaemolyticus; Vibrio vulnificus

MeSH Terms

Colic
Diarrhea
Ecosystem
Gastroenteritis*
Humans
Middle Aged
Vibrio parahaemolyticus*
Vibrio vulnificus*
Vibrio*
Virulence
Vomiting
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