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February 1949

EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES OF INCLUSION BLENNORRHEAIsolation of a Virus

Arch Ophthalmol. 1949;41(2):151-171. doi:10.1001/archopht.1949.00900040156002
Abstract

INCLUSION blennorrhea is a disease of the conjunctiva related to cervicitis in the female and urethritis in the male; it can be considered a virus venereal disease. The disease occurs most commonly in newborn infants but is also observed in adults. The adult gets the disease by coming in contact with the virus from the urethra or the cervix either by direct contamination or in swimming pools. The clinical manifestations of the disease have been reviewed repeatedly,1 and it is the purpose of this report to present a study of the probable etiologic agent as a virus rather than to describe further the clinical syndrome.

Thygeson2 has shown that the virus of inclusion blennorrhea is morphologically identical with the virus of trachoma except that the matrix of the inclusions of trachoma stain more uniformly with iodine than those of inclusion blennorrhea. The viruses of these two diseases are

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