ON THE TRANSMISSION OF TYPHUS FEVER, OBSERVATIONS OF A GROUP-INFECTION IN THE LABORATORY
ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD
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Six cases of laboratory infections with murine typhus fever are described. Percutaneous infections can be eliminated in all six cases. The respiratory tract comes into question, however, as the point of entry for the infection, namely, through vaporized virus in the room. The opinion is expressed that the catarhal symptoms in the respiratory tract which characterize the onset of the sickness are a specific symptom, pointing to the point of entry of the infection. The cases, some of which required close and continuous care, led to no further infections, as is also the case in most clinics. They were thus indicated as being non-contagious. An infection by means of vapor from human to human is therefore not likely. In view of the fact that many immunized persons have become sick with typhus fever and the fact that immunized animals can be infected via the nasal method, it is recommended that members of delousing teams, who are exposed to particularly massive infectiousness, be equipped with gas masks in addition to their immunizations and protective clothing.
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