HERBERT L. DUPONT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Until recently, a causative agent could not be isolated from most patients with acute diarrhea. In this issue (pp. 602-606), Hughes, Hollis, and Weaver report the isolation of a noncholera (nonagglutinable) vibrio from 28 patients with gastrointestinal and systemic disease studied during a 3-year period. The infected persons generally gave a history of foreign travel or seafood ingestion. Last year a British study (1) showed that microaerophilic vibrios known as campylobacters were associated with 7% of outpatient diarrheal cases and were not found in asymptomatic control subjects. These agents require special media and special oxygen and temperature for isolation, which
DUPONT HL. Etiologic Diagnosis of Acute Diarrhea. Ann Intern Med. ;88:707–708. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-5-707
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