Virus Isolated from Inclusion Conjunctivitis of Newborn (Inclusion Blennorrhea)

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Science  02 Dec 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3440, pp. 1660-1661
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3440.1660


An infant developed acute conjunctivitis 7 days after birth. Smears of the mucopurulent discharge contained many typical elementary-body inclusions. From conjunctival scrapings a virus resembling trachoma was grown in eggs. When instilled into monkey eyes, it produced an acute conjuctivitis resembling the human disease. Nine other patients with inclusion conjunctivitis of similar intensity failed to yield viruses.

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