J. Glenn Morris Jr., MD, MPHTM
Vibrio vulnificus is a relatively new addition to the list of bacteria known to cause serious disease in humans. When the clinical syndrome associated with V. vulnificus was first described in 1979 (1) the organism was referred to as a "halophilic, lactose-fermenting marine Vibrio"; the current species name was not formally proposed until later that year. Biochemically, V. vulnificus closely resembles Vibrio parahaemolyticus, another halophilic (salt-loving) marine vibrio, and it is likely that some of the more serious infections attributed to V. parahaemolyticus before the late 1970s were actually due to V. vulnificus. In this issue Klontz and associates (2)
Morris JG. Vibrio vulnificus—A New Monster of the Deep?. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:261–263. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-4-261
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(4):261-263.
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