Aeromonas spp.: an emerging pathogen?

  • Andrea Bartolini | andbarto@libero.it Operative Unit of Microbioly and Virology, Hospital of Padua; Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padua, Italy.
  • Giulia Zorzi Operative Unit of Microbioly and Virology, Hospital of Padua; Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padua, Italy.
  • Elena Castellani Operative Unit of Microbioly and Virology, Hospital of Padua; Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padua, Italy.
  • Valeria Besutti Operative Unit of Microbioly and Virology, Hospital of Padua, Italy.

Abstract

The aim of this study is to identify and monitor the presence of Aeromonas spp. strains in stool cultures. We analyzed 5564 stool cultures from September 2012 to August 2013. Sixty-three patients were positive for Aeromonas spp. The most frequent symptoms were: diarrhea (46.0%) and abdominal pain (12.7%). Pediatric subjects were 28. Samples’ microscopic examination showed leukocytes in 38.1% of cases. It is still controversial whether Aeromonas are responsible for human gastroenteritis, but their presence in faecies of symptomatic patients supports their etiologic role. We propose search for toxins by polymerase chain reaction to identify strains that require an antibiotic therapy.

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2015-12-18
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Keywords:
Aeromonas spp., diarrhea, emerging waterborne gastroenteritis
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Bartolini, A., Zorzi, G., Castellani, E., & Besutti, V. (2015). Aeromonas spp.: an emerging pathogen?. Microbiologia Medica, 30(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/mm.2015.4674