Russell A. Del Toro, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Jose A. Rullan, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Mercedes Torregrosa, Ph.D.; Anibal Lugo, M.D.; Jose L. Freyre, M.D.
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Serratia marcescens is being reported with increasing frequency as a cause of nosocomial infections. Previous reports show bacteremia to occur mainly in debilitated chronically ill individuals. Transmission has been through urinary and intravenous catheters and through contaminated positive pressure respirators. Mortality rate has been reported to be very high.
Ninteen individuals in previous good health acquired the infection in the operating room through the intravenous injection of a contaminated solution of succinyl chloride. The clinical picture was characterized by sudden chills and fever 24 to 48 hr after surgery followed in a few days by nuchal pain. In six patients
Del Toro RA, Rullan JA, Torregrosa M, Lugo A, Freyre JL. Serratia marcescens Septicemia with Osteomyelitis of the Cervical Spine: An Unusual Epidemic.. Ann Intern Med. ;72:796. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-796_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):796.
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