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Salmonella Derby Infections in the Hospital.

Frank J. Sweeney Jr., M.D. (Associate); Eileen L. Randall, Ph.D.; Kristine K. Knisely, M.D.; W. Eugene Sanders, M.D.; John F. Boring, Ph.D.; and Eli A. Friedman, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(4):734. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-4-734_2
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The purpose of this report is to describe the characteristics of an outbreak of infection due to Salmonella derby which occurred in a large general hospital during a 7-month period and involved over 400 patients and employees.

Epidemiological evidence suggests that infection in the early cases may have resulted from food contamination, however, subsequent cases conformed to an epidemiological pattern more like that seen in hospital cross infection with the streptococcus or staphylococcus. Data will be presented to show that the primary cases occurred in a highly susceptible patient population (gastrointestinal or malignant oncologic disease) and then spread person-to-person either




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