African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5233


Chromobacterium violaceum infection in China: Three case reports and literature reviews

Tai Ma1, Wei Shi3, Jun Cheng1, Jian-Kang Zhang1, Li-Fen Hu1, Ying Ye1,2 and Jia-Bin Li1,2*
1Department of Infectious Diseases, the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University, 230022, Hefei, Anhui Province, China. 2Anhui Center for Surveillance of Bacterial Resistance, 230022, Hefei, Anhui Province, China. 3Department of Oncology, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan 430060; China.
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  •  Accepted: 22 August 2011
  •  Published: 30 September 2011


Chromobacterium violaceum, Gram-negative Bacillus, is a common inhabitant of soil and stagnant water found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It is a rare cause of severe, often fatal, human disease. In the report, 3 cases of patients infected with C. violaceum were described in Anhui Province, China. Routine and bacteriological investigations were carried out to establish the aetiological diagnosis. Moreover, the patients were treated with appropriate antimicrobial agents and auxiliary therapy. To our knowledge, a total of 42 cases have been reported previously from Chinese mainland in the recent 20 years, with a review of the literatures.


Key words: Chromobacterium violaceum, infection, China.