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In Reply.—We regret our oversight in not having cited the report of Thompson et al in our article. Our literature review, done shortly before our manuscript was submitted in May 1985, failed to uncover this current report.
The thrust of our report appears to coincide with Dr Thompson's hypothesis that nontraumatic animal contact may predispose infants to invasive P multocida infection. While Dr Thompson's report speculated as to the means of infant exposure, our report suggested that direct mucous membrane contact during facial licking was a probable means of spread and should therefore be avoided.
KLEIMAN MB, CLAPP DW. Pasteurella multocida Meningitis in infancy-Reply. Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(12):1216. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140260018015