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50 Years Ago

Seek Meningitis Vaccine

Excerpt from the November 9, 1963, issue of SCIENCE NEWS LETTER

Vaccine that will prevent meningitis is being sought.

When found, it would solve the problem of meningitis outbreaks among military recruits.... After 24 years of successful prevention against meningococcal disease ... specific strains of Neisseria meningitidis have become resistant to the sulfonamides usually used for treatment or prevention....

Although meningococcal bacteria were handled easily until after World War II, resistance to sulfadiazine is showing up and could lead to serious conditions, even epidemics in public schools.

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