Wounds Caused By Corn Harvesting Machines: An Unusual Source of Infection Due to Gram Negative Bacilli

  • Agger, William A.;
  • Busch, Jr., Henry M.;
  • Callister, Steven M.;
  • Cogbill, Thomas H.;
  • Landercasper, Jeffrey


The infectious complications in 23 patients with mutilating wounds due to trauma during corn harvesting were compared with those in 41 patients with factory-related hand injuries of similar severity. Initial cultures revealed bacterial growth in 89% of the agricultural wounds and in 63% of the factory wounds. A mean of 3.8 initial bacterial species were isolated per corn-harvesting wound vs.0.9 species per factory wound. Gram-negative rods were recovered from 81% of the agricultural wounds; the commonest of these organisms were Enterobacter species and Xanthomonas maltophilia. Only 7% of factory-wound cultures grew gram-negative rods. Osteomyelitis, all with gram-negative rods, developed in five (22%) of the patients with farm injuries but did not occur in patients with factory wounds. More gram-negative rods were recovered from environmental cultures of corn-harvesting machines and corn plants than from those of factory machinery.


JOURNAL: Rev Infect Dis. 1986; 8(6): 927-931.

Note: Reviews of Infectious Diseases.

NLOM ID#: 87093727 .

Publication #: 87093727

This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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