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July 3, 1948

LYMPHOCYTIC CHORIOMENINGITIS: Report of a Case Occurring in a Granary Harboring Infected Mice

Author Affiliations


From The Pennsylvania Hospital and The Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia

JAMA. 1948;137(10):857-858. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.82890440001007

The occurrence of lymphocytic choriomeningitis in persons from homes where mice have been proved to be carriers of the virus is well known1 A few cases have occurred in closely circumscribed areas Farmer and Janeway2 recorded 4 cases in persons living within an area of two blocks in Boston Dalldorf and associates3 reported 3 cases, occurring over a period of two years, in persons living in or adjacent to one apartment building where infected mice were found It has been suggested that small, persistent foci of infection exist, on the basis of the known natural history of the disease in mice and the circumscribed range of activity of mice The percentage of infected house mice varies apparently in different communities, and it has been recorded as 21 5 per cent in Washington, D C,4 and 4 per cent in Boston5 and New York6