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July 21, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(12):868-870. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.92860290001007

Two cases of meningitis due to Salmonella panama comprise the material on which this paper is based. Invasion of the human meninges by this organism is not common. These cases are of especial interest, as the source of infection was traced to an attendant in the milk laboratory of the hospital in which the babies were born, and because 1 survived with sulfadiazine therapy.

LITERATURE  Salmonella panama is a subgroup of the typhoid-paratyphoid group of bacteria (Topley and Wilson1) and is named for D. E. Salmon, the discoverer. E. O. Jordan identified this particular strain (Salmonella panama) in 1934 as the cause of food poisoning among American soldiers in Panama. In 1938 Schiff2 described S. panama as a cause of infectious