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January 1961

Vibrionic Enteritis in Infants

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics and Bacteriology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and The Children's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;101(1):60-66. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.04020020062010

Introduction  Vibrio comma has long been accepted as the cause of Asiatic cholera. Other morphologically similar Spirillae are widespread in nature, some as natural inhabitants of the oral and urogenital mucous membranes of animals, others as saprophytes isolated from soil and water, from cheese, etc.1 Infection with Vibrio fetus is an important cause of abortion in cattle and sheep,2 and Vibrio jejuni causes enteritis in cattle.3 In the past 15 years occasional reports have appeared implicating animal vibrios as a cause of human disease.4,5 King6 has collected eight cases of V. fetus infection from the literature and has added seven more. The cases were all in adults and they exhibited such varied clinical pictures as endocarditis, abortion, pleuropneumonia, paralysis, jaundice, and, in three cases, diarrhea. Levy7 has reported an outbreak of diarrheal disease in adults due probably to milkborne V. jejuni. King also records

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