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A Legionella-like Bacterium Related to WIGA in a Fatal Case of Pneumonia

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.; and FRANK MATTHEWS, M.D.
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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Berenice M. Thomason; Analytical Bacteriology Branch, Building 5, Room 112, Center for Disease Control; Atlanta, GA 30333.


Atlanta and Decatur, Georgia


Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(5):673-676. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-91-5-673
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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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