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Vibrio vulnificus: an unusual mode of acquisition and novel use of rapid susceptibility testing
  1. D G Partridge,
  2. R Townsend,
  3. S Larkin,
  4. H K Parsons
  1. Department of Microbiology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  1. David G Partridge, Department of Microbiology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield S5 7AU, UK; david.partridge{at}sth.nhs.uk

Abstract

Infection with Vibrio vulnificus is uncommon in Europe but is associated with necrotising wound infections and life-threatening septicaemia. This case is one of infection most likely to have been acquired from a thermal pool in Turkey without preceding exposure to seawater or shellfish. The report also describes how early management was optimised using gradient diffusion antibiotic strips to provide rapid susceptibility data.

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Footnotes

  • Funding: The Media and Etest gradient diffusion strips were provided by Inverness Medical UK as part of an ongoing evaluation but the company had no role in the decision to publish this case or in the writing of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests: Dr Robert Townsend has received an honorarium for providing a lecture on behalf of AB Biodisk.

  • Patient consent: Obtained.

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