Streptococcal meningitis following myelogram procedures

Jennifer Hsu, Bette Jensen, Matthew Arduino, Toni Bergeron, Teresa Fox, Greg Gum, Vera Pischke, David Potts, John Townes, Arjun Srinivasan

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In September of 2004, we investigated 7 cases of post-myelography meningitis. Streptococcal species were recovered from blood or cerebrospinal fluid in all cases. Our findings suggest that droplet transmission of the oral flora of the clinician performing the procedure was the most likely source of these infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of face masks by those performing myelograms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)614-617
Number of pages4
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Hsu, J., Jensen, B., Arduino, M., Bergeron, T., Fox, T., Gum, G., Pischke, V., Potts, D., Townes, J., & Srinivasan, A. (2007). Streptococcal meningitis following myelogram procedures. Infection control and hospital epidemiology, 28(5), 614-617.