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July 1960

Acquired Toxoplasmosis in a Child

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Children's Medical Service, Bellevue Hospital Center, and the Department of Pediatrics, New York University-Bellevue Medical Center.

Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(1):117-120. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040119017

Acquired toxoplasmosis has been known as a clinical entity for about two decades.1,2 However, it has been considered a rare illness in the United States. With the general availability of the serological methods, this disease will probably be found with increasing frequency in this country. Such was the experience in Scandinavia after Dr. Siim called attention to the frequency of this illness in that part of the world.3

We should like to describe a case of proved acquired toxoplasmosis in a 2½-year-old child. This patient posed a diagnostic problem for several weeks, presenting as a case of fever of undertermined origin with many varied associated symptoms.

Report of Case  The patient is a 2½-year-old Puerto Rican boy who was admitted to the Children's Medical Service of Bellevue Hospital with the chief complaints of fever, vomiting, and rash of one week's duration.The child was well until one week

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