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February 1985

Vibrio alginolyticus ConjunctivitisFirst Reported Case

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Albany (NY) Medical Center Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(2):229-230. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050020081026

• A gravely ill patient had Vibrio alginolyticus conjunctivitis develop, possibly from contact with seashell fragments. It is believed to be the first reported instance of ocular infection by this organism. Marine Vibrio organisms must be considered as potential sources of ocular infection in patients with direct or indirect exposure to salt water habitats, or in patients who are immunocompromised.