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Title: Vibrio vulnificus and V. parahaemolyticus necrotising fasciitis in fishermen visiting an estuarine tropical northern Australian location.
Authors: Ralph, Anna
Currie, Bart J
Affiliation: General Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services, Alice Springs Hospital, PO Box 2234, Alice Springs, NT 0871, Australia. <>.
Issue Date: Mar-2007
Citation: The Journal of infection 2007-03; 54(3): e111-4
Abstract: Three cases of severe necrotising fasciitis due to Vibrio vulnificus (two cases) and Vibrio parahaemolyticus (one case, fatal), have occurred in Caucasian tourists while fishing at a remote tropical northern Australian estuarine area. Infections were acquired over a 4-year period during the tourist fishing season (April to July 2000-2003), when water temperatures range from 23 to 30 degrees C. They are notable for their geographical clustering in the remote western aspect of the Gulf of Carpentaria, an area characterised by sedimentary stratiform zinc-lead-silver deposits and a major mining operation. Patients presented with classical bullous cellulitis with necrotising fasciitis, accompanied by severe sepsis. Underlying risk factors were identified in each patient; in one instance, previously unrecognised haemochromatosis was diagnosed. Likely reasons for Vibrio occurrence in this particular ecological niche are discussed.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jinf.2006.06.015
Type: Case Reports
Journal Article
Subjects: Adult
Fasciitis, Necrotizing
Fatal Outcome
Middle Aged
Skin Diseases, Vesiculobullous
Vibrio Infections
Vibrio parahaemolyticus
Vibrio vulnificus
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