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Volume 19, Number 10—October 2013


Human Infections with New Subspecies of Campylobacter fetus

Mary E. PatrickComments to Author , Maarten J. Gilbert, Martin J. Blaser, Robert V. Tauxe, Jaap A. Wagenaar, and Collette Fitzgerald
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (M.E. Patrick, R.V. Tauxe, C. Fitzgerald); Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands (M.J. Gilbert, J.A. Wagenaar); New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA (M.J. Blaser); Central Veterinary Institute, Lelystad, the Netherlands (J. Wagenaar); World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Campylobacter/World Organisation for Animal Health Reference Laboratory for Campylobacteriosis, Utrecht (J.A. Wagenaar, M.J. Gilbert)

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Characteristics of 9 men with Campylobacter fetus subsp. testudinum subsp. nov. infection, 1991–2010*

Patient/age, y Year Ancestry Isolate no. Strain no. Specimen source Clinical symptoms Underlying conditions Hospitalized Died Food history Animal contact
1/NA 1991 NA D6783 91–2 Feces NA NA NA No NA NA
2/30 1992 NA D4335 Feces Diarrhea NA NA NA NA Turtle
3/80 2002 NA D6128 Blood NA NA NA NA NA NA
4/20 2003 Chinese D6688, D6689† 03–427, 03–445 Blood Fever, cough, epigastric pain Leukemia, hepatitis B Yes Yes Turtle soup, angelica herb NA
5/79 2004 Chinese or Vietnamese D6659 Pleural fluid Bloody diarrhea, pulmonary edema Liver cancer Yes NA NA No
6/84 2005 Chinese D6683 Hematoma Speech and motor difficulties, hematoma Asthma Yes No Chinese dishes, eel, frog No
7/67 2005 Chinese D6690 05–018 Blood Fever, chills, rigor, cough, diarrhea Lymphoma, hypertension, heart disease Yes No Chinese dishes No
8/85 2007 Chinese D6856 Bile Diarrhea NA Yes NA NA No
9/62 2010 Caucasian‡ D9240 Blood Cellulitis of leg Diabetes Yes No Chinese dishes, eel No

*NA, not available.
†Two isolates were obtained from this patient.
‡Asian spouse.

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