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MATTOS-GUARALDI, AL et al. First detection of Corynebacterium ulcerans producing a diphtheria-like toxin in a case of human with pulmonary infection in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area, Brazil. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 2008, vol.103, n.4, pp. 396-400. ISSN 1678-8060. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0074-02762008000400014.
The frequency and severity of human infections associated with Corynebacterium ulcerans appear to be increasing in different countries. Here, we describe the first C. ulcerans strain producing a diphtheria-like toxin isolated from an elderly woman with a fatal pulmonary infection and a history of leg skin ulcers in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area.
Keywords : Corynebacterium ulcerans; diphtheria-like toxin; human infection.