oa South African Medical Journal - Summer diarrhoea in Bantu infants on the Witwatersrand : the role of strains of Bact. Coli Neapolitanum in its causation

Volume 26, Issue 33
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Summer diarrhoea of infants in countries overseas has been associated to a marked extent with the presence of certain strains of Bact. coli which have now become antigenically defined. A small but significant number of cases in the Bantu has been examined in the present series. All the cases were admitted to hospital suffering from gastro-enteritis but were unselected except insofar as diarrhoea and vomiting were the presenting symptoms. Neither antigenically defined Bact. coli nor recognized pathogenic bacteria were isolated from these cases.

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