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Volume 15, Number 4—April 2009


Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (Patera Foot) in Immigrants, Spain

Hugo-Guillermo Ternavasio-de la Vega, Alfonso Ángel-Moreno, Michele Hernández-Cabrera, Elena Pisos-Álamo, Margarita Bolaños-Rivero, Cristina Carranza-Rodriguez, Antonio Calderín-Ortega, and José-Luis Pérez-Arellano
Author affiliations: Hospital Universitario of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain (H.-G. Ternavasio-de la Vega); Clinica Puerta de Hierro, Madrid, Spain (A. Ángel-Moreno); Hospital Universitario Insular of Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Spain (M. Hernández-Cabrera, E. Pisos-Álamo, M. Bolaños-Rivero, C. Carranza-Rodriguez, A. Calderín-Ortega, J.L. Pérez-Arellano); University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria (M. Hernández-Cabrera, C. Carranza-Rodriguez, J.L. Pérez-Arellano)

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Clinical characteristics of 7 black male immigrants to Spain who developed severe skin and soft tissue infections (patera foot) following sea crossing from Africa on small boats (pateras)

Patient no. Age, y Country of origin Isolated organism Outcome
1 20 Ghana Unknown Transtibial amputation
2 38 Guinea Morganella morganii 5th toe amputation
3 16 Mali Proteus vulgaris 4th toe amputation
4 36 Guinea Bissau Enterobacter cloacae, Serratia spp. No amputation
5 27 Togo Unknown No amputation
6 20 Gambia Escherichia coli Transmetatarsal amputation
7 21 Côte d’Ivoire Shewanella algae No amputation; skin allograft

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