Vibrio vulnificus is a salt requiring marine vibrio. It is a human pathogen with a predilection for extraintestinal sites of infection.1 This is a report of V vulnificus meningitis in a boy with thalassemia that developed three days after he ate raw oysters. This case points out several important aspects of pathogenesis and a recommendation for preventing V vulnificus infections in susceptible hosts.


The patient was an 11-year-old boy with thalassemia major who had a splenectomy at 6 years of age. His regular treatment included monthly transfusions and daily deferoxamine. He sought medical attention in a local community hospital after experiencing nausea, vomiting, anorexia, green watery diarrhea, and abdominal pain for four days.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.