CYNTHIA J. LICHTENBERGER, M.T.; CARL A. PERLINO, M.D.
To the editor: Both Campylobacter fetus subspecies jejuni and Campylobacter fetus ssp. fetus have been recognized as causes of human infection (1). Campylobacter fetus ssp. jejuni is now considered a major cause of human diarrheal illness. Futhermore Quinn and associates (2) have described a homosexual man with nonspecific proctitis from whom C. fetus ssp. jejuni was isolated, suggesting venereal transmission of this organism.
Disease due to C. fetus ssp. fetus usually presents as a serious systemic infection. The possibility of venereal transmission of this organism also has been suggested by Brown and Sautter (3) who reported a patient with acute
LICHTENBERGER CJ, PERLINO CA. Campylobacter and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Ann Intern Med. 1982;97:147–148. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-1-147_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(1):147-148.
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