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INITIAL AEROBIC FLORA OF NEWBORN (PREMATURE) INFANTS

INITIAL AEROBIC FLORA OF NEWBORN (PREMATURE) INFANTS A number of studies published within the past twenty years report the initial flora of the upper respiratory tracts of newborn infants. There is general agreement with respect to the bacterial types constituting the basal flora but a difference of opinion as regards their derivation and the presence of such pathogens as the beta hemolytic streptococci, the pneumococci and the influenza bacillus. This investigation1 was undertaken to clarify the latter point and to determine more definitely the sources of the initial flora and the modes of transmission to the respiratory tracts of newborn infants. The sterility or near sterility of this region in the majority of infants at birth simplifies the conditions of such a study of transmission by contact. The environmental conditions also permitted observations on the influence of ultraviolet irradiation of the air of a room on the initial flora. This study differs further from previous ones http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American journal of diseases of children American Medical Association

INITIAL AEROBIC FLORA OF NEWBORN (PREMATURE) INFANTS

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1944 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0096-8994
eISSN
1538-3628
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020020003001
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Abstract

A number of studies published within the past twenty years report the initial flora of the upper respiratory tracts of newborn infants. There is general agreement with respect to the bacterial types constituting the basal flora but a difference of opinion as regards their derivation and the presence of such pathogens as the beta hemolytic streptococci, the pneumococci and the influenza bacillus. This investigation1 was undertaken to clarify the latter point and to determine more definitely the sources of the initial flora and the modes of transmission to the respiratory tracts of newborn infants. The sterility or near sterility of this region in the majority of infants at birth simplifies the conditions of such a study of transmission by contact. The environmental conditions also permitted observations on the influence of ultraviolet irradiation of the air of a room on the initial flora. This study differs further from previous ones

Journal

American journal of diseases of childrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 1, 1944

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