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July 14, 1969

Meningitis Due to Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus Endemic in a Hamster Colony

Author Affiliations

From the departments of medicine (Microbiology Laboratory) and surgery, Memorial Hospital; the divisions of immunology and surgical research, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York; the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Microbiological Associates, Inc., Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 1969;209(2):265-267. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160150051019

Meningitis due to lymphocytic-choriomeningitis (LCM) virus occurred in a 36-year-old man after brief contact with infected hamsters. To our knowledge, this is the second instance of an LCM infection developing in a man exposed to hamsters used for experimental tumor investigation.