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Sept 11, 1967

Microbial Intestinal Flora in Acute Diarrheal Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Gastroenterology and the departments of medicine (Drs. Cohen, Kaiser, Arteaga, and Leite) and microbiology (Drs. Ahearn and Roth), University of Miami (Fla) School of Medicine, and the Florida State Board of Health, Miami Regional Laboratory (Mrs. Yawn and Mr. Frazier).

JAMA. 1967;201(11):835-840. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130110061015

The human small and large intestine were studied for viruses, bacteria, and fungi in 29 adults with acute diarrheal disease. No etiologic agent was found in 83% of the cases. The most striking finding in these patients was a marked increase in the number of bacteria in the jejunal aspirates. No viruses were isolated in any of the jejunal, ileal, or fecal specimens.