MICHAEL SANDS, M.D.
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To the editor: I read with great interest the case report by Fearrington and associates, "Non-Cholera Vibrio Septicemia and Meningoencephalitis," (Ann Intern Med 81: 401, 1974) and was disturbed by what appears both an inadequate identification of the organism and inadequate review of the pertinent literature.
I have no doubt the organism they were dealing with was Vibrio fetus. Vibrio fetus infection is well known to the veterinarian as a common cause of abortion in cattle and sheep. There have been at least 75 reported cases of human infection including cases of sepsis (1-3), meningoencephalitis (2, 4), and endocarditis (5). The
SANDS M. Vibrio fetus Infection. Ann Intern Med. ;82:124. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-1-124_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(1):124.
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