HENRY D. ISENBERG, PH.D.
Any complacencies on prokaryotic involvement in infection received quite a jolt with the discovery of Legionella pneumophila. The establishment of a causal relation between the bacterium and legionellosis heralded the involvement of other, as yet unknown, bacteria in human disease, if one accepts the hypothesis that advancing technology will expose all of us to members of the seemingly endless microbial pool extant in nature. And now the rediscovery of WIGA, described by Thomason and her co-workers in this issue (1), and the report by Pasculle and colleagues (2) of quite a different bacterium from the pneumonias of two renal-transplant patients
ISENBERG HD. Legionella, WIGA, et cetera: Pathogens?. Ann Intern Med. ;91:785–786. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-5-785
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(5):785-786.
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