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Journal Article

A Bacillus from Spontaneous Abscesses in Rabbits and Its Relation to the Influenza Bacillus

David J. Davis
The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Vol. 12, No. 1 (Jan., 1913), pp. 42-51
Published by: Oxford University Press
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Spontaneous subcutaneous abscesses in rabbits are caused by a definite bacillus for which all of Koch's postulates have been fulfilled. At times the bacillus produces acute fatal infections in animals following bites. Bites or scratches are probably the common mode of infection. The bacillus is pleomorphic, tends to form threads and non-branching filaments, but is not strictly hemophilic, nor does it manifest the phenomenon of symbiosis in cultures. It should not be classed in the influenza group. This bacillus is identical culturally and in many respects morphologically with a bacillus which caused an epidemic of pleuropneumonia in rabbits. In small doses the latter produces subcutaneous abscesses similar in every respect to those caused by the abscess bacillus. The abscess bacillus by intratracheal injection may cause pneumonia. Agglutinins have not been noted in the sera of infected animals.

Notes and References

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    Arch. f. klin. Chir., 1896, 52, p. 564.
  • 2
    Ibid., p. 576.
  • 3
    Handbuch der path. Micro., 1903, 3, p. 405.
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    Centralbi. f. Bakt., I, Orig. 1910, 54, p. 97.
  • 2
    Ibid., 1911, 60, p. 176.
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    Centralbi. f. Bakt., I, Orig. 1909, 49, p. 508.