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dc.contributor.authorRalph APen
dc.contributor.authorCurrie BJen
dc.identifier.citationThe Journal of infection 2007-03; 54(3): e111-4en
dc.description.abstractThree cases of severe necrotising fasciitis due to Vibrio vulnificus (two cases) and Vibrio parahaemolyticus (one case, fatal), have occurred in Caucasian tourists while fishing at a remote tropical northern Australian estuarine area. Infections were acquired over a 4-year period during the tourist fishing season (April to July 2000-2003), when water temperatures range from 23 to 30 degrees C. They are notable for their geographical clustering in the remote western aspect of the Gulf of Carpentaria, an area characterised by sedimentary stratiform zinc-lead-silver deposits and a major mining operation. Patients presented with classical bullous cellulitis with necrotising fasciitis, accompanied by severe sepsis. Underlying risk factors were identified in each patient; in one instance, previously unrecognised haemochromatosis was diagnosed. Likely reasons for Vibrio occurrence in this particular ecological niche are discussed.en
dc.titleVibrio vulnificus and V. parahaemolyticus necrotising fasciitis in fishermen visiting an estuarine tropical northern Australian location.en
dc.typeCase Reportsen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.journaltitleThe Journal of infectionen
dc.subject.meshFasciitis, Necrotizingen
dc.subject.meshFatal Outcomeen
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden
dc.subject.meshSkin Diseases, Vesiculobullousen
dc.subject.meshVibrio Infectionsen
dc.subject.meshVibrio parahaemolyticusen
dc.subject.meshVibrio vulnificusen
dc.identifier.affiliationGeneral Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services, Alice Springs Hospital, PO Box 2234, Alice Springs, NT 0871, Australia. <>.en
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