STRAINS of the genus Aeromonas, motile gram-negative rods, are isolated commonly from marine animals, soil, and food products.1-3 Rarely have they been implicated in human disease, in part because of a lack of awareness of their potential human pathogenicity and a failure to use appropriate diagnostic screening tests. In 1963 Meeks emphasized these points when reporting her experiences with Aeromonas at the West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital.4 The isolation of A hydrophila from two patients at the University of Washington Hospital within one week has alerted us to the possible clinical significance of this organism and forms the basis of this report.
—A 5-year-old girl with known lymphoblastic leukemia since April 1964 was referred to the Clinical Research Center at the University of Washington Hospital on July 9, 1965, for possible bone marrow transplantation. During the most of the 15 months before admission, the disease was
BULGER RJ, SHERRIS JC. The Clinical Significance of Aeromonas hydrophilaReport of Two Cases. Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(6):562–564. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290180038007