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February 1976

Neisseria lactamica Meningitis

Author Affiliations

From the Bureau of Epidemiology, Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, and the Children's Clinic, Gastonia, NC. Dr Lauer is now with the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(2):198-199. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120030088017

Neisseria lactamica was recovered from the blood and cerebrospinal fluid of a 7-month-old girl with acute purulent meningitis. The isolate was identified initially as N meningitidis. However, additional biochemical testing at the Center for Disease Control showed that the organism fermented lactose and produced βD-galactosidase, thereby confirming its identity as N lactamica.

(Am J Dis Child 130:198-199, 1976)

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