oa South African Medical Journal - Outbreaks of dysentery at a military hospital in South Africa

Volume 17, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Seventy-six cases of dysentery occurring over a period of six months were investigated. B. dysenteriae Flexner was isolated from eleven of these cases and B. dysenteriae Sonne was isolated from fourteen cases. B. dysenteriae Flexner only was isolated from cases occurring among bedridden patients. B. dysenteriae Flexner only was isolated on four occasions from the milk supplied to the hospital. No cases of dysentery occurred among bed-patients after the enforcement of instructions that all milk should be boiled and the stoppage of the supply of cream to the hospital.

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