THEODORE C. EICKHOFF, M.D.
Yet another facet of the epidemiology of salmonellosis has recently come to light—nosocomial infection by Salmonella cubana resulting from the diagnostic and investigative use of carmine. The first cases were noted by Lang and associates (1, 2) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Within a few weeks, similar cases were observed in hospitals in California, Ohio, and Oregon and in England. The Salmonella Unit of the National Communicable Disease Center has learned of a total of 27 such cases, all resulting from the ingestion of carmine dye contaminated with S. cubana (3).
Carmine is a purplish-red or crimson pigment widely used
EICKHOFF TC. Nosocomial Salmonellosis Due to Carmine. Ann Intern Med. ;66:813–814. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-4-813
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(4):813-814.
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