Vibrio vulnificus in Taiwan

Po Ren Hsueh, Ching Yih Lin, Hung Jen Tang, Hsin Chun Lee, Jien Wei Liu, Yung Ching Liu, Yin Ching Chuang

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Abstract

Residents in Taiwan are often exposed to marine microorganisms through seafood and occupational exposure. The number of reported cases of infection attributable to this organism has increased since the first case was reported in 1985. The increasing number of cases may be caused by greater disease activity or improved recognition by clinicians or laboratory workers. We analyze a clinical-case series of 84 patients with Vibrio vulnificus infection from 1995 to 2000 and describe the molecular epidemiologic features of pathogens isolated from these patients. The spectrum of clinical manifestations and outcomes, options of antimicrobial therapy, and virulence mechanisms were investigated. Results of molecular typing of isolates from humans and marine environment in this country had a high genetic divergence among these isolates. Education and measures are needed to prevent this emerging disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1363-1368
Number of pages6
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume10
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes

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  • Microbiology (medical)

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    Hsueh, P. R., Lin, C. Y., Tang, H. J., Lee, H. C., Liu, J. W., Liu, Y. C., & Chuang, Y. C. (2004). Vibrio vulnificus in Taiwan. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 10(8), 1363-1368.