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Lessons from practice - Meningitis and pneumonitis caused by pet rodents

Lito E Papanicolas, Judith M Holds and Narin Bak
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (3): 202-203. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10841

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  • Lito E Papanicolas1
  • Judith M Holds2
  • Narin Bak2

  • 1 SA Pathology, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA.

Correspondence: litop76@gmail.com

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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