Vibrio is a genus of Gram-negative motile rods. Several species are pathogenic, including Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The interest in this genus is due to its extreme virulence and often fatal outcomes. In healthy patients, these infections are typically self-limited; however, in immunocompromised and cirrhotic patients, infections can result in bacteremia, which has a high fatality rate1. Both pathogens may cause acute gastroenteritis, necrotizing wound infections, and if severe, subsequent bacteremia. In this report, we present two cases of Vibrio infections recently identified in the Delaware River Estuary that resulted in severe sepsis and, in one case, death.
Daniel, MD, René; Yoo, MD, Joseph; Fratamico, MD, Roberto; and Measley, MD, Robert
"Two Cases of Vibrio Infection and Sepsis in the Delaware Estuary,"
The Medicine Forum:
Vol. 17, Article 12.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/tmf/vol17/iss1/12