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February 15, 1964


JAMA. 1964;187(7):531-532. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060200063017

Although infections due to Vibrio fetus have been L recognized as a cause of abortion in cattle since 1909, cases of human infection due to this microorganism have been reported infrequently. In a few of the described cases of patients with infections, from whom V fetus was cultured from the blood, transient neurological signs and symptoms were observed. These include paralysis, confusion, and cervical pain, suggesting involvement of the central nervous system by the microorganism. But no pathological documentation has supported this hypothesis.

In a communication in the February issue of the Archives of Neurology, Burgert and Hagstrom1 describe in detail the clinical course and pathological findings in an 8-day-old infant who died from meningoencephalitis due to V fetus. Similar findings in a 2-day-old premature infant are noted in an addendum to this report. In both patients the clinical course of the illness was shortlived and characterized by increasing

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