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A New Meningococcus-like Organism (Neisseria flavescens n. sp.) from Epidemic Meningitis.

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By BRANHAM SARA.  (Public Health Reports. , April18 , 1930.).

Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(1):101. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-4-1-101_1
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During an epidemic of cerebrospinal meningitis in which all four of the usual types of meningococci were involved, an apparently new form was isolated from the spinal fluid of 14 cases. In morphology this microorganism is indistinguishable from the other members of the genus Neisseria. It differs from the meningococcus in pigment production, lack of fermentative action, and in antigenic relationship. These 14 strains form a homogenous group culturally, biochemically and serologically. The name, Neisseria flavescens, n. sp., is proposed for this new form. Since 30 per cent of the spinal fluid strains received from this locality belong to this


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