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August 1970

Septicemia Caused by Vibrio fetus

Author Affiliations

Boston

From the Channing Laboratory, Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Harvard Medical Unit, and Department of Medical Microbiology, Bos-; ton City Hospital; and the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(2):306-308. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310080112018
Abstract

Vibrio fetus infections in human beings are a relatively new concern. In 1957 and 1962 King reviewed the laboratory characteristics and summarized the clinical findings in 29 patients,1,2 in 1967 Kilo et al3 reported one infection and reviewed the literature in detail, and in 1966 Eden4 reviewed published reports dealing with human vibrosis as it relates to pregnancy and perinatal mortality. Since then, several other infections have been reported in different parts of the world.5-7 This communication describes our experience at the Boston City Hospital (BCH) during the past four years.

Patient Summaries 

Patient 1.  —A 72-year-old man was hospitalized on Sept 3, 1964, with diarrhea, severe dehydration of four days' duration, and prolonged cachexia. For the previous two years he had been receiving cyclophosphamide and prednisolone for the treatment of lymphosarcoma. A brief review of past admissions showed diabetes mellitus since 1955, lymphosarcoma and chronic

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