Vibrio alginolyticus

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Definition

Noun

Gram-negative lactose fermenting marine bacterium involved in otitis and wound infection in humans.

Supplement

Vibrio alginolyticus is mainly isolated from skin and ear infections of human as well as in conjunctiva from patients with conjunctivitis.

Vibrio alginolyticus is found in pufferfish bodies where it is an agent that produces potent tetrodotoxin and neurotoxin. It acts as a natural host of estuarine and costal water which is capable of carrying pathogenic gene that threat to public health care.

Vibrio alginolyticus is implicated in wound infection and otitis. It is recently recognized as human pathogens after too much exposure to seawater. It is also transmitted from the consumption of contaminated foods, thus it is considered as a foodborne disease.

Scientific classification:

 Kingdom: Bacteria
 Phylum: Proteobacteria
 Class: Gammaproteobacteria
 Order: Vibrionales
 Family: Vibrionaceae	
 Genus: Vibrio	
 Species: Vibrio alginolyticus

See also:

• Bacteria

• Otitis