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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 7, Issue 6, Pages 380-382
Case Report

Plesiomonas shigelloides Septicemia and Meningitis in a Neonate

Julian D Eason and Donlim Peacock

Special Care Nursery, British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Received 22 January 1996; Accepted 24 May 1996

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A newborn infant is described who presented with septicemia and meningoencephalitis caused by Plesiomonas shigelloides, a Gram-negative rod belonging to the family Vibrionaceae. This appears to be the first documented case in a neonate in Canada. Despite prompt treatment with appropriate antibiotics, he developed endophthalmitis and lytic brain lesions.