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June 30, 1975

Meningitis, Pneumonitis, and Arthritis Caused by Neisseria meningitidis Group Y

Author Affiliations

From the departments of medicine (Drs. Yee and Neu) and pediatrics (Dr. Katz), and the Division of Tropical Medicine (Dr. Katz), School of Public Health, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York.

JAMA. 1975;232(13):1354-1355. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250130038018

Neisseria meningitidis subgroup Y, although commonly isolated from the nasopharynx, rarely has caused meningitis in nonmilitary individuals. Meningococcus (serogroup Y) caused pneumonitis, meningitis, and arthritis in a previously healthy woman. Findings from examination of spinal fluid were minimal, but the clinical aspects of the illness were similar to those seen with other meningococcal serotypes.

(JAMA 232:1354-1355, 1975)