BERENICE M. THOMASON, B.S.; PATRICIA P. HARRIS, M.S.; MARTIN D. HICKLIN, M.D.; JOHN A. BLACKMON, M.D.; C. WAYNE MOSS, Ph.D.; FRANK MATTHEWS, M.D.
An unusual bacterium serologically related to a "rickettsia-like agent," designated previously as WIGA, was seen in lung tissue from a patient who died of pneumonia of unknown cause. A fluorescent antibody conjugate prepared with the WIGA organism, isolated in 1959, was used to stain the lung tissue. Enormous numbers of fluorescent bacteria in the lungs of this patient confirm the pathogenicity of this unusual bacterium.
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THOMASON BM, HARRIS PP, HICKLIN MD, BLACKMON JA, MOSS CW, MATTHEWS F. A Legionella-like Bacterium Related to WIGA in a Fatal Case of Pneumonia. Ann Intern Med. 1979;91:673-676. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-5-673
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(5):673-676.
Infectious Disease, Pneumonia, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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