Rare infections are just an airplane trip away: Salmonella typhi meningitis in a recent immigrant to the United States

Ia Zagvazdina, Yuri Zagvazdin, George E. Willis, Jesus H. Gonzalez, Wendy Lesser, Gordon Dickinson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Scopus citations


We report a case of a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh with Salmonella typhi meningitis, a rare disease in the United States, especially among adults. The common manifestations of meningitis such as neck rigidity and changes in mental status did not develop and Kernig sign was absent. The patient was successfully treated with intravenous ceftriaxone. This case demonstrates the importance of considering endemic infections in the country of origin when recent immigrants and returnees to the United States present with febrile illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-200
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005



  • Adult
  • Meningitis
  • Salmonella typhi
  • USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

Cite this