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August 24, 1918

CONTROL OF MENINGITIS

JAMA. 1918;71(8):638-639. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600340030008
Abstract

Fortunately the problem presented by meningitis among our armed forces during the past winter has been smaller than that relating to pneumonia. But the conditions were not without their own degree of seriousness. At this moment we are facing the assembling of another large body of troops, and possibly the assembling may be repeated many times before the war is brought to an end.

Hence we shall doubtless find ourselves in the situation of having perpetually to guard against the prevalence of epidemic meningitis on a larger or smaller scale. Fortunately, we are in a favorable position with reference to that disease, since we know its bacterial cause and its mode of infection, and possess adequate methods of detecting the meningococcus.

There may be differences of opinion as to just what part the ordinary healthy carrier of the meningococcus plays in initiating an outbreak of meningitis, but no one disputes

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