Date: 17 Dec 2008

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

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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.