MARK D. ARONSON, M.D.; DONALD KAMINSKY, B.A.; C. A. PHILLIPS, M.D.
To the editor: Parainfluenza viruses are only rarely isolated from fecal specimens. In July 1973 a young woman presented at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont with bloody diarrhea. Parainfluenza virus type 3 was isolated from both her throat and rectal cultures. Because this represents to our knowledge the first known association between parainfluenza type 3 and bloody diarrhea and because this is the first isolation of this agent from adult feces, her case is presented and viral studies reported1.
The patient was a 22-year-old woman who on 5 July 1973 presented with a 2-day history of abdominal pain and
ARONSON MD, KAMINSKY D, PHILLIPS CA. Parainfluenza Virus Type 3 Isolated in a Case of Bloody Diarrhea. Ann Intern Med. ;81:856–857. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-6-856
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(6):856-857.
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