Wohlfahrtiimonas chitiniclastica: Two Clinical Cases and a Review of the Literature

Alexander J. Fenwick, Vaneet Arora, Julie A. Ribes

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Microbiology Newsletter
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 2019

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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