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December 3, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(23):1965. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740750067025

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Paratyphoid Fever Induced by Pigeon Eggs  Clarenburg and Dornickx publish in the Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde a report of cases of paratyphoid fever induced by the ingestion of pigeon eggs. An acute gastro-enteritis developed in about twenty persons after eating pudding in the preparation of which pigeon eggs had been used. In the pudding was demonstrated the presence of paratyphoid bacilli of the Aertrycke type, and the same organism was isolated from the stools, urine and blood of several patients. The blood serum of the persons affected contained also agglutinins for the bacilli. An investigation revealed that there had been an infection with the paratyphoid bacillus in the pigeons that produced the eggs, and in the eggs of these birds were discovered paratyphoid bacilli that were identical with the organisms isolated from the pudding and the patients. It is the first case of human beings being contaminated by paratyphoid bacilli

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