Dermatitis caused by aquatic bacteria

  • Gianni Angelini
  • Domenico Bonamonte


Mycobacterium marinum lives in aquatic environments. It was isolated in 1926 by Aronson from tubercles in various organs of marine fish found dead in the Philadelphia Aquarium [1]. This organism was identified as a causal agent of human disease only in 1951, when it was isolated from skin lesions in swimmers in a contaminated swimming pool in the city of Orebro, Sweden [2]. The term “swimming pool granuloma” was coined to denote these lesions and the causal agent was classified as Mycobacterium balnei [3], and then, when the two mycobacteria were later seen to be identical, as Mycobacterium marinum (Fig. 11.1).


Striped Bass Swimming Pool Acinetobacter Calcoaceticus Fish Tank Atypical Mycobacterium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gianni Angelini
    • 1
  • Domenico Bonamonte
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Unit of DermatologyUniversity of BariItaly
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Unit of DermatologyUniversity of BariItaly

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