Infectious Disease Compendium

Shewanella

Microbiology

A gram negative rod. Includes Shewanella haliotis, S. algae, S. putrefaciens.

Epidemiologic Risks

Found in warm salt water. First found in butter in the 1930's.

Syndromes

Mostly soft tissue infections (PubMed) including a case of Fournier’s gangrene in a patient with no seawater exposure.

Treatment

Ciprofloxacin, piperacillin-tazobactam, ceftriaxone, or meropenem, although limited clinical experience.

Notes

It is one of the infections increasing with global warming.