PLAGUE BACILLUS: SURVIVAL WITHIN HOST PHAGOCYTES
ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD
Pagination or Media Count:
Pasteurella pestis within neutrophiles and macrophages removed from the peritoneal cavity of guinea pigs during experimental plague were shown to be viable by direct microscopic observation of the infected phagocytes incubating in suitable bacteriologic media. The time-honored hypothesis that the major determinant of the virulence of the plague bacillus is its ability to resist ingestion by phagocytes must be reevaluated.