Human soft tissue infection by the emerging pathogen Shewanella algae

  • Renu Goyal Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Dilshad Garden, Delhi 110095, India
  • Narinder Kaur Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Dilshad Garden, Delhi 110095, India
  • Rajeev Thakur Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Dilshad Garden, Delhi 110095, India
Keywords: Shewanella sp., infections, identification

Abstract

Shewanella soft tissue infections usually occur in immunocompromised patients with a preexisting cutaneous ulcer, mostly after exposure to a marine environment or contaminated water. A 35-year-old male presented with a non-healing ulcer over the distal end of his right leg but had no predisposing factors.  Cultures of exudates from the wound grew Shewanella on repeated occasions. Recovery was uneventful following surgical debridement and antimicrobial therapy. Early suspicion, diagnosis, and treatment with potent antibiotics are needed to prevent any further complications resulting from infection by this emerging pathogen.

Author Biographies

Renu Goyal, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Dilshad Garden, Delhi 110095, India

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Microbiology

Narinder Kaur, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Dilshad Garden, Delhi 110095, India

Senior Resident

Dept. of Microbiology

Rajeev Thakur, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Dilshad Garden, Delhi 110095, India

Professor

Dept. of Microbiology

Published
2011-03-04
How to Cite
1.
Goyal R, Kaur N, Thakur R (2011) Human soft tissue infection by the emerging pathogen Shewanella algae. J Infect Dev Ctries 5:310-312. doi: https://doi.org/10.3855/jidc.1436
Section
Case Reports