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An outbreak of cerebrospinal fever in a 19th century British Mediterranean naval base

By Charles Savona-Ventura


Epidemic Meningococcal meningitis first made its definite appearance in Europe in the beginning of\ud the nineteenth century. The first recorded epidemic in the Maltese Islands, which straddled the sea-routes of the\ud Mediterranean, occurred in the late nineteenth century. This paper describes a manuscript report prepared at the\ud request of the Lieutenant Governor regarding this epidemic in the light of the contemporary knowledge about the\ud infection.N/

Topics: Meningitis, Cerebrospinal -- Malta -- History -- 19th century
Publisher: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Year: 1994
DOI identifier: 10.1136/jramc-140-03-12
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Provided by: OAR@UM

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