pVir and Bloody Diarrhea in Campylobacter jejuni Enteritis

  title={pVir and Bloody Diarrhea in Campylobacter jejuni
  author={Dobryan M. Tracz and Monika M. Keelan and Jasmine Ahmed-Bentley and Amera Gibreel and Kinga T. Kowalewska-Grochowska and Diane E. Taylor},
  booktitle={Emerging infectious diseases},
The plasmid pVir may play a role in the virulence of Campylobacter jejuni, a leading cause of bacterial gastroenteritis. The pVir plasmid was identified in 17% of 104 C. jejuni clinical isolates studied and was significantly associated with the occurrence of blood in patient stool, a marker of invasive infection. The pVir plasmid was not associated with greater occurrence of diarrhea, fever, pain, vomiting, or need for patient hospitalization. Isolates containing pVir were also associated with… CONTINUE READING