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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 422-425

Isolation of Shewanella algae from rectal swabs of patients with bloody diarrhoea

Department of Microbiology, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh, Assam 786 002, India

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R Nath
Department of Microbiology, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh, Assam 786 002
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.90186

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Shewanella algae is an emerging bacteria rarely implicated as a human pathogen. It was infrequently recovered from clinical specimens probably because of inadequate processing of non-fermenting oxidase-positive gram-negative bacilli. We report here isolation of S. algae in pure culture and mixed with E. coli from two cases of acute gastroenteritis with bloody mucous containing diarrhea occurring at the same time. As this organism is not a normal flora of the gut, the possible source of infection may be fish contaminated with the organism. Whether this bacterium can be considered an enteric pathogen needs to be evaluated. The cases were clinically diagnosed as acute bacillary dysentery. The bacterium was identified by 16S r-RNA gene sequence analysis.


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