To the Editor.
—We read with interest the article about Vibrio alginolyticus conjunctivitis by Lessner and colleagues1 in the February 1985 Archives.Although V alginolyticus was not known to cause disease in humans until 1973 and has been encountered only occasionally in human infections since, its pathogenic potential has been recognized with increasing frequency in recent years.2-4 The majority of nonfecal isolations of V alginolyticus have been from patients with skin infections, including ulcers, cellulitis, abscesses, and ear infections.3 Ocular infections due to V alginolyticus are extremely rare, but there have been at least three references to these.5-7 As far back as 1969, Twedt and associates5 indicated studying Vibrio organisms isolated from eye discharge; although identified as Vibrio parahaemolyticus by these investigators, some of these isolates were subsequently found to be V alginolyticus.8 Baumann et al6 reported characterizing of an isolate of
Ratnam S, Watson M. Vibrio alginolyticus Conjunctivitis. Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(9):1283-1284. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050090035022