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November 1966

Human Vibrio fetus Infection: Report of Two Dissimilar Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Oregon Medical School, Portland, Ore.

Am J Dis Child. 1966;112(5):459-462. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090140131012

VIBRIO FETUS is a common cause of infection in certain animal species, but its role as the etiologic agent of human infection has been documented in only 34 cases. From these cases no definitive clinical pattern has emerged. The organism has been implicated as a cause of abortion in gravid women, of meningitis in the newborn, and of a variety of disease states in men. No instance of infection occurring in the childhood age period has been reported.

The purpose of this paper is to report two additional cases of human V fetus infection, one of which occurred in a 2½-year-old child.

Report of Cases  Case 1.—An infant was admitted on Feb 26, 1965, to the Doernbecher Memorial Hospital for Children at 15 hours of age because of progressive respiratory distress.The patient was born to a 32-year-old, gravida 7, para 4, abortus 3, premature 3 woman. Pregnancy was complicated

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