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Serious Infections in Adults Exposed to Children with Haemophilus influenzae Type b Meningitis

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The Ohio State University College of Medicine; Columbus, Ohio.

Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(6):785-786. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-94-6-785
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Secondary infections with Haemophilus influenzae type b among childhood contacts in households and day care centers have received increasing attention. (1) The risk of secondary infection in exposed children younger than 4 years of age is estimated to be 2.1%. (2) Whereas the risk to adult contacts seems to be low, serious H. influenzae type b infections have been reported more frequently in adults. (3-5) We report two instances of childhood H. influenzae meningitis resulting in secondary cases of severe H. influenzae disease in adults.

Pair 1: A 31-year-old previously healthy man developed fever, headache, and nuchal rigidity 3 days


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