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April 24, 1954

LABORATORY INFECTIONS WITH SHIGELLA FLEXNERI 3 AND SHIGELLA SONNEI

Author Affiliations

Frederick, Md.

JAMA. 1954;154(17):1420-1421. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940510020008a
Abstract

Surveys by Sulkin and Pike revealed 31 cases of shigellosis among laboratory workers, but only two of these cases had been reported in the literature. The earliest record of bacillary dysentery contracted in the laboratory may be attributed to Hirschburch and Theim in 1918 (cited by Boyd, 1940). Lippincott published a brief description of an accidental infection caused by dysentery organisms of the Flexner type. Kobayashi and co-workers published the only account of a laboratoryacquired infection due to Shigella sonnei. Woolpert, Marsh, and Yaw indicated that their report of a laboratory infection caused by the Shiga organism (S. dysenteriae) was the first on record. Because comparatively little information is available on Shigella laboratory infections, six additional cases are reported.

REPORT OF CASES

Case 1.—A 23-year-old laboratory technician was admitted to the hospital on Aug. 10 with a history of fever, chills, headache, abdominal cramping, nausea, and diarrhea for four hours

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