Brief Report

European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 705-707

Grimontia hollisae, a potential agent of gastroenteritis and bacteraemia in the Mediterranean area

  • S. EdouardAffiliated withFédération de Microbiologie Clinique, Hôpital de la Timone
  • , A. DaumasAffiliated withService de Médecine Interne, Hôpital de la Conception
  • , S. BrangerAffiliated withService de Médecine Interne, Hôpital de la Conception
  • , J.-M. DurandAffiliated withService de Médecine Interne, Hôpital de la Conception
  • , D. RaoultAffiliated withFédération de Microbiologie Clinique, Hôpital de la TimoneUnite des Rickettsies et Pathogènes Emergents, CNRS-IRD UMR6236, Faculte de Medecine
  • , P.-E. FournierAffiliated withFédération de Microbiologie Clinique, Hôpital de la TimoneUnite des Rickettsies et Pathogènes Emergents, CNRS-IRD UMR6236, Faculte de Medecine Email author 

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Abstract

Vibrio hollisae was first described in 1982 as an agent of diarrhoea and was reclassified in 2003 into a novel genus as Grimontia hollisae. We report the first case of G. hollisae bacteraemia in the Mediterranean area, in an 81-year-old man with a severe gastroenteritis and hepatitis following the consumption of raw oysters. The incidence of this micro-organism as an agent of gastroenteritis may be underestimated because it may not be detected using routine culture conditions.