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POTTERAT JOHN J. BA; MARKEWICH, GARY S. MD; ROTHENBERG, RICHARD MD, MPH
Sexually Transmitted Diseases: January-March 1978
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The family constellations and epidcmiologic circumstances of three prepubcrtal girls with vulvovaginitis due to Neisseria gonorrhoeae are reported. In each instance, an infected asymptomatic man, himself a contact to a woman with pelvic inflammatory disease, could be implicated as the potential source of infection. In one instance, asymptomatic infection in a child was uncovered through epidemiologic investigation. Prepubertal gonococcal vaginitis is important not only as a potential indicator of child abuse, but also as a possible link to important transmitters of gonococcal infection. The need for meticulous epidemiologic investigation of these cases is stressed.

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