Wohlfahrtiimonas chitiniclastica has been identified as an emerging pathogen predominantly associated with cutaneous myiasis and poor hygiene. Traditional biochemical methods can be unreliable and misleading when identifying this organism, and modern molecular techniques are often necessary for high-confidence identification. There have been very few cases of human infection with W. chitiniclastica reported in the literature. We present two recent cases identified at the University of Kentucky Medical Center (a male with myiasis related to gangrene and an elderly female with a left-leg wound and myiasis), both of which were identified using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization–time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for identification, and describe the clinical and microbiologic characteristics associated with this microorganism.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Clinical Microbiology Newsletter|
|State||Published - Feb 15 2019|
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases