KARL C. KLONTZ, M.D., M.P.H.; ROBERT V. TAUXE, M.D., M.P.H.; WARREN L. COOK, Ph.D.; WILLIAM H. RILEY, Ph.D.; I. KAYE WACHSMUTH, Ph.D.
In August 1986, a 76-year-old woman in Miami, Florida, developed profuse watery diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Two and four days before the onset of her illness, she had eaten six raw oysters at each of two restaurants in Miami. A stool specimen yielded toxigenic Vibrio cholerae 01 biotype El Tor, serotype Inaba. The results of toxin gene probing of the organism recovered from the patient differed significantly from those of other V. cholerae 01 isolates from the Gulf Coast and elsewhere in the world. A program of active surveillance identified no other cases of cholera in Miami. The source of the raw oysters eaten by the patient was traced to Louisiana. Her case represents the first reported case of cholera associated with eating raw oysters.
KLONTZ KC, TAUXE RV, COOK WL, RILEY WH, WACHSMUTH IK. Cholera After the Consumption of Raw Oysters: A Case Report. Ann Intern Med. ;107:846–848. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-6-846
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(6):846-848.
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