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Volume 17, Number 1—January 2011


Etymologia: Vibrio vulnificus
[vĭb’re-o vŭl-nĭf’ĭ-kəs]

Nancy Männikkö
Author affiliation: Author affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA

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[vĭb’re-o vŭl-nĭf’ĭ-kəs]

From the Latin vibrio (to move) and vulnificus (causing wounds). Vibrio vulnificus is a virulent, gram-negative, comma-shaped, motile bacterium that belongs to the family Vibrionaceae. In 1976, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control identified it as a Vibrio sp. and possible emerging pathogen. Because of its association with blistering skin infections, the bacterium was named Vibrio vulnificus in 1979.

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Suggested citation for this article: Männikkö N. Etymologia: Vibrio vulnificus. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2011 Jan [date cited]. http://dx.doi/org/10.3201/eid1701.ET1701

DOI: 10.3201/eid1701.ET1701

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