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On King Saul, Two Missing Mules, and Kingella kingae

The Serendipitous Discovery of a Pediatric Pathogen

Yagupsky, Pablo, MD*; Dagan, Ron, MD

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: December 2018 - Volume 37 - Issue 12 - p 1264–1266
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002110
History of Medicine

For the first 2 decades following Kingella kingae’s initial characterization, this fastidious organism was considered an unusual cause of human infection until a study published in 1992 reported that inoculation of synovial fluid aspirates into blood culture vials improved the recovery of the bacterium. The authors of the original publication report herein the history of the discovery and review the progress made in the research of the organism.

From the *Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Accepted for publication May 2, 2018.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Pablo Yagupsky, MD, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer-Sheva 84101, Israel. E-mail:

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