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
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DUPONT HL. Etiologic Diagnosis of Acute Diarrhea. Ann Intern Med. 1978;88:707–708. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-5-707
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