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March 1919

POLIOMYELITIS, CLINICALLY ATYPICAL BECAUSE OF COMPLICATING INFECTION BY A PROTEUS-LIKE BACILLUS

Author Affiliations

Captain, M. C., U. S. Army; Captain, M. C., U. S. Army CAMP JACKSON, COLUMBIA, S. C.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1919;23(3):309-315. doi:10.1001/archinte.1919.00090200042004

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Abstract

Poliomyelitis, fortunately, has thus far been a disease of rare occurrence in the Army. Epidemic outbreaks probably will not occur, because of the immunity which most adults seem to have. Occasional cases may be expected to develop, especially in those who have just come from civil life, and unless they are recognized early and isolated, other cases may occur among the nonimmunes exposed by contact. A case of poliomyelitis contracted before arrival in camp was recently encountered at Camp Jackson, and the clinical course was complicated and the diagnosis rendered difficult by a secondary infection which was the result of the primary disease.

REPORT OF CASE 

History.  —The patient, an Italian laborer, was admitted to the Base Hospital, Camp Jackson, June 27, 1918, on his arrival from Chicago, complaining of indefinite pains in the left hip, thigh and knee. The temperature was 102 F. He was married, had no pernicious

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