LABORATORY INFECTIONS ESPECIALLY WITH TYPHOID BACILLI
FORT DETRICK FREDERICK MD
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In answer to general inquiries made at bacteriological laboratories, numerous reports have been received regarding infections of laboratory personnel during the past years altogether 200 cases. While in the past bacteria eberthella typhi and salmonella were the cause of most laboratory infections, Ricketsiaceae are now numerically prevailing wherever work is done with them. Approximately seventy new cases in which infections were caused by bacteria eberthella typhi and salmonella have become known to us. In comparing the progress of infection of vaccinated individuals with that of unvaccinated individuals the cases previously published by Kisskalt and Draese have been included. As far as a survey of 158 cases permits of any conclusion, the incubation period is longer with vaccinated persons while at the same time the illness itself is less severe and lethality less frequent. In order to reduce the probability of infection of laboratory personnel it is recommended among other suggestions that killed organisms be used when making the Widal test. The use of safety pipettes is also recommended once more.
- Medicine and Medical Research