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September 1977

Meningococcal Bacteremia: Clinical and Serologic Studies of Infants With Mild Illness

Author Affiliations

From the Channing Laboratory and Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Departments of Medical Microbiology, Medicine, and Pediatrics, Boston City Hospital, Boston. Dr Baltimore is now with the Department of Pediatrics, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(9):1001-1004. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120220067011

• We report three mildly ill infants who had meningococcal bacteremia and in whom meningitis or fulminant septicemia never developed. The infants were observed during a three-month period. Two of these infants had pneumonia, as evidenced by infiltrates on chest roentgenogram. The serogroups of the organisms isolated were B, Y, and 135. In none of the infants could specific bactericidal antibody be demonstrated in acute or convalescent serum.

(Am J Dis Child 131:1001-1004, 1977)

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