S.L. YU, M.D.; OLIVIA UY-YU, M.D.
To the editor: Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a halophilic (salt-loving) marine vibrio commonly associated with outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis in Japan (1) and, sporadically, in coastal United States (2). This organism sometimes causes serious wound infections (3, 4). We recently had a patient with pneumonia and septicemia caused by this organism. This may be the first case report of V. parahaemolyticus pneumonia.
A previously healthy 40-year-old man was hospitalized with sudden onset of chills, fever, cough, and dyspnea. He denied any preceding gastrointestinal symptoms. Until he became ill, he worked as a bailer in a local plant that processes menhaden (Brevoortia
YU S, UY-YU O. Vibrio parahaemolyticus Pneumonia. Ann Intern Med. ;100:320. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-2-320_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(2):320.
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