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October 1976

Infective Endocarditis Following Human-to-Human Enterococcal Transmission: A Complication of Intravenous Narcotic Abuse

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Harbor General Hospital, Torrance, Calif, Research and Medical Services, Wadsworth Hospital, Veterans Administration Center, Los Angeles (Drs Bayer, Pitchon, and Guze); and the Department of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles (Drs Hall, Bayer, Pitchon, Yoshikawa, and Guze).

Arch Intern Med. 1976;136(10):1173-1174. doi:10.1001/archinte.1976.03630100085022

Two heroin addicts, husband and wife, who shared injection paraphernalia extensively, developed enterococcal docarditis within six weeks of one another. The etiologic organisms were of the same subspecies and had identical antibiotic susceptibilities and biochemical profiles. The clinical, epidemiologic, and bacteriologic data strongly suggest human-to-human transmission of the pathogen.

(Arch Intern Med 136:1173-1174, 1976)

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