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April 16, 1938

BACILLUS VIOLACEUS INFECTION IN A HUMAN BEING

Author Affiliations

Clearwater, Fla.

JAMA. 1938;110(16):1270-1271. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.62790160005008b
Abstract

Bacillus violaceus is ordinarily considered nonpathogenic. Woolley,1 however, described several fatal cases in animals due to a strain of this chromogen, but so far as we have been able to ascertain no cases of infection of human beings with this organism have been described. We therefore present the following case:

REPORT OF CASE 

History.—  S. P., a white boy, aged 6 years, admitted to the Morton F. Plant Hospital on the afternoon of Aug. 17, 1937, had been ill for three days. He had been a normal child in all physical respects and had had but one illness before this time. Some months previously he had suffered from an acute inguinal adenitis, which caused elevation of temperature and chills for a few days and then subsided. This was thought to be due to an infection of the lower extremity of the affected side.Two or three days prior to

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