Richard J. Duma, M.D.
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The protozoological, epidemiological, clinical, and pathological findings in four patients with culturally proven fatal primary amebic meningoencephalitis were studied before and after death. In each patient the responsible pathogen was a free-living ameboflagellate of the genus Naegleria, probably N. gruberi. Based on histories obtained antemortem, infections were contracted on July 23, 1967, August 4, 1968, and July 3 and 4, 1969; the source of each was traced to one of three fresh-water public swimming lakes located within a radius of 6 miles in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The incubation period was 5 to 6 days. The patients' ages were 14, 15,
Duma RJ. Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis.. Ann Intern Med. 1970;72:798. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-798_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):798.
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