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July 1980

An Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritis and Septicemia in a Population of Uremic Patients

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(7):943-945. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00040020943014

An outbreak of enteritis and septicemia caused by Salmonella enteritidis occurred in a population of uremic patients treated in a nephrology unit. In one of the patients, an arteriovenous fistula was infected by this organism. The source of the outbreak was traced to the refrigerator and sink in the unit. This degree of morbidity and mortality far exceeds that previously reported in infections with nontyphoid Salmonella sp and is presumbly related to the decreased immune response seen in uremia.

(Arch Intern Med 140:943-945, 1980)