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July 1980

Haemophilus influenzae Ophthalmia Neonatorum

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology (Dr Cohen) and Bacteriology and Immunology (Dr McCarthy), University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(7):1214-1215. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020040066005

Haemophilus influenzae is an occasional cause of ophthalmia neonatorum. Recently, this organism has exhibited a change in its epidemiology and has been identified as a cause of severe neonatal infections. Ophthalmologists should be aware of the changing susceptibility of neonates to severe infections with H influenzae and the possibility that H influenzae ophthalmia neonatorum can be associated with these infections.

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