Vibrio vulnificus septicaemia in Japan: An estimated number of infections and physicians' knowledge of the syndrome

K. Osaka, M. Komatsuzaki, H. Takahashi, S. Sakano, N. Okabe

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Abstract

Questionnaire surveys were implemented to study the incidence and physicians' knowledge of Vibrio vulnificus infections in Japan. Registered emergency physicians were selected by stratified random sampling for a questionnaire survey. A total of 235 out of 386 physicians (61%) responded to the questionnaire and 12 V. vulnificus septicaemia cases were reported from 10 respondents. The annual estimated number of V. vulnificus septicaemia was calculated as 425 (95% CI 238-752). The study also revealed that only 15.7% (95% CI 11.3-21.0) of responding physicians had a basic knowledge of V. vulnificus infection. Education for both physicians and people in the high-risk group for developing the infection (e.g. immunocompromised, chronic liver disease) will be necessary for the prevention, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-996
Number of pages4
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Volume132
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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