HUGH TATLOCK, M.D.
To the editor: Recent articles on legionella diseases state or imply that Fort Bragg fever was shown to be caused by the gramnegative bacterium bearing my name, now classified as a Legionella species. I am writing to correct this mistake, which is becoming fixed in the literature. This mistake is due to speculation by Hébert and colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control in a recent article in Annals of Internal Medicine (1).
The scientific evidence showed to my satisfaction that Fort Bragg fever was caused by Leptospira autumnalis and had nothing to do with Legionella. My reasons for stating
TATLOCK H. The Causative Organism in Fort Bragg Fever. Ann Intern Med. ;96:789–790. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-6-789
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(6_part_1):789-790.
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