Acronym for: Violent Explosive Diarrhea
A 23-year-old man develops violent explosive diarrhea (VED), watery with blood, fecal leukocytes, and mucus approximately 3 days after eating chicken that was improperly cooked. Comma-shaped organisms were found in the fecal smear along with red blood cells and leukocytes. Which of the following pathogens is the most likely cause of these symptoms?
A. Campylobacter jejuni
B. Enterotoxigenic E. coli
C. Shigella sonnei
D. Staphylococcus aureus
E. Vibrio cholera
The correct answer is A.
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